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Black Diamond: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #3)

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Black Diamond: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #3)

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The third installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno’s investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent—and someone wanted him dead.

As the strange crimes continue, Bruno’s detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations—from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

"A charming French village, great food, eccentric characters and a mystery to nudge things along...Savory indeed." —The Seattle Times 

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 Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; Black Diamond; The Crowded Grave; The Devil’s Cave; The Resistance Man; The Children Return; and The Patriarch, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne. 

www.brunochiefofpolice.com

ISBN: 9780307744630

ISBN-10: 9780307744630

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 07/10/2012 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/10/2012 - 12:00am

Pages: 320

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary

Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery