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Bruno, Chief of Police
 
 
Author
Martin Walker.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.6 x 6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780307270177
Pages/Publication Date 273/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21852
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He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but he never uses it. Benoît Courrèges—Bruno, to those he serves—is a policeman in the village of St. Denis in the South of France. He lives in a restored shepherd's cottage, shops at the local market, and produces his own vin de noix. Most of his policework involves helping local farmers to avoid paying E.U. inspectors' fines. But in this wonderfully atmospheric series debut, the murder of an elderly North African forces Bruno to question who his neighbors truly are, and opens wounds from the dark years of Nazi occupation.

"Martin Walker has not only written an engrossing roman policier, but he has written a book that goes to the very heart of what France—rural, small-town France—is like. It's a thriller, and full of surprises, but it will also appeal to anybody who loves France. Bruno, Chief of Police, is a wonderful creation."—Michael Korda

"Policing in Chief Bruno Courrèges's sun-dappled patch of Périgord involves protecting local fromages from E.U. hygiene inspectors, orchestrating village parades and enjoying the obligatory leisurely lunch—that is, until the brutal murder of an elderly Algerian immigrant instantly jolts Walker's second novel (after The Caves of Périgord) from provincial cozy to timely whodunit. As a high-powered team of investigators, including a criminally attractive female inspector, invade sleepy St. Denis to forestall any anti-Arab violence, the amiable Bruno must begin regarding his neighbors—or should we say potential suspects—in a rather different light. Without sacrificing a soupçon of the novel's smalltown charm or its characters' endearing quirkiness, Walker deftly drives his plot toward a dark place where old sins breed fresh heartbreak. Walker, a foreign affairs journalist, is also the author of such nonfiction titles as The Iraq War and America Reborn."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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