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Bruno, Chief of Police

By Martin Walker

Bruno, Chief of Police
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2009,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2010,
    288 pages.

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The first installment in a new series that follows the exploits of a policeman in a small French village

Martin Walker's laconic protagonist, Benoit Courreges, better known as Bruno, is the kind of fictional character you know you're going to miss after you finish the book. And he lives in a place whose splendid beauty and pastoral grace you yearn to escape to - well, maybe except for the grisly murder that just took place, and the fact that the townspeople in the little French hamlet of St. Denis may not be as innocent as they'd like to think.

Bruno is an unmarried police officer who serves a tiny community where he knows everyone's name and history and enjoys a close relationship with the town's mayor. He's a soft spoken, gentle man with enviable people skills, and the townspeople are happy to bring him a covered dish or a bottle of wine from time to time. He settles most disputes by either diverting the aggrieved parties' attention away from the problem or, when he feels people ...

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BrunoChiefofPolice.com where you can find a wealth of information on this new series including background about the Perigord region of France, its food and wine, the fictional town of St Denis, Bruno's friends and his male basset hound named Gigi.

The Series to Date
Bruno, Chief of Police
The Dark Vineyard, already published in the UK, publishing in the USA in July 2010
The Black Diamond, publishing in the UK in August 2010

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