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Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside: 1 Paperback – 6 April 2010

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  • Paperback : 273 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 030745469X
  • Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.24 x 20.32 cm
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307454690
  • Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (6 April 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 1,335 ratings

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"A nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement . . . [It is] lovely . . . to linger at the table." --Entertainment Weekly

"Enjoyable. . . . Martin Walker plots with the same finesse with which Bruno can whip up a truffle omelette, and both have a clear appreciation for a life tied to the land." --The Christian Science Monitor

"[A] wonderfully crafted novel as satisfying as a French pastry but with none of the guilt or calories." --Tucson Citizen's Journal

"Bruno is a delightful character and Walker's handling of long-held grudges is intelligent and sympathetic." --The Guardian (London)

"A roman policier . . . that the celebrated Simenon, creator of Inspector Jules Maigret, would have been proud to claim . . . Readers [will] effortlessly enter French consciousness through [this] perspicacious book." --Baton Rouge Advocate

"Highly satisfying." --The Boston Globe

"Absolutely amazing." --The Knowledgeable Blogger

"Such a pleasure to read that I can't help but suspect that Walker had equal fun writing it." --BookBrowse

"Charming and many pages of the book will have readers purring with delight. There is, however, a darker side. . . . The crime which disturbs the idyllic commune of St Denis has its origins in France's troubled past and provokes outbreaks of the politically inspired violence that simmers beneath the placid and agreeable surface presented to tourists." --The Scotsman (UK)

"Distinctive well-rounded characters and an intriguing mystery are a winning combination in Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police. . . . Walker's relaxed style and good humour help to bring to life his engaging hero and his delightful home and make one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time." --Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"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, author of Charmed Lives

"Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start in what promises to be a great series. Bruno will be the Maigret of the Dordogne." --Antony Beevor, author of Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949

"A splendid combination of a complex crime with tangled wartime origins that takes place in a lovingly described French village, and a totally original and sympathetic hero. Absolutely first rate. There must be more to come about Bruno!" --William Pfaff, author of Barbarian Sentiments: America in the New Century

"Martin Walker has found in Bruno a man rooted in the terroir of Perigord, who brings that quirky, lovable part of France alive. This novel is as tasty as a slice of Bruno's local foie gras, topped with a glass of his homemade vin de noix." --David Ignatius, author of Body of Lies

About the Author

MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil's Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

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3.0 out of 5 stars All right but a bit repetitive.
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