MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations, 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 Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; and The Devil's Cave, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
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Bruno Courrèges-provincial French police chief extraordinaire-is back in another delectable tale of mystery and suspense that unfolds in the gastronomically ravishing Dordogne.
A veteran of the Resistance dies, and among his possessions are documents that connect him to a notorious train robbery. A former British spymaster's estate is burglarized, the latest in a spree of expert thefts. An academic's home is broken into just as she is finishing a revelatory book on France's nuclear defense program. An antiques dealer is found brutally murdered, and his former lover-the number one suspect-is on the run. In the village of St. Denis, Bruno interrupts his summertime culinary exploits to focus on the mounting crime wave and to wrestle with shocking news from his on-again off-again girlfriend-seemingly unrelated events that Bruno begins to suspect are somehow linked. His search for clues to crimes old and new leads to stunning revelations about both his country's past and his own, and puts several more lives-including Bruno's-in deadly danger.