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Bruno, Chief of Police

Walker, Martin

Verlag: Harpercollins Canada, 2008
ISBN 10: 1554682649 / ISBN 13: 9781554682645
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Titel: Bruno, Chief of Police

Verlag: Harpercollins Canada

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: The first installment in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Benoît Courrèges, a policeman in a small French village where the rituals of the café still rule. Bruno?as he is affectionately nicknamed?may be the town?s only municipal policeman, but in the hearts and minds of its denizens, he is chief of police.

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life?living in his restored shepherd?s cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno?s attention: the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest.

Because of the case?s potential political ramifications, a young policewoman is sent from Paris to aid Bruno with his investigation. The two immediately suspect militants from the anti-immigrant National Front, but when a visiting scholar helps to untangle the dead man?s past, Bruno?s suspicions turn toward a more complex motive. His investigation draws him into one of the darkest chapters of French history?World War II, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother. Bruno soon discovers that even his seemingly perfect corner of la belle France is not exempt from that period?s sinister legacy.

Bruno, Chief of Police
is deftly dark, mesmerizing, and totally engaging.


A Recipe for Success
? Take a rural commune in the heart of the Dordogne and a one-man police department by the name of Bruno.
? Add a brutal murder with the hallmarks of a racial crime against immigrant workers from North Africa.
? Season with clues that point to unsettled feuds from the Nazi legacy of World War II.
? Serve with Gallic charm in all good bookshops as the first book in a brilliant crime fiction series.

Set in the street markets, cobbled squares, vineyards and farmland of the Dordogne area of France,Bruno, Chief of Policefeatures Captain Bruno Courrèges, a man as charming and eccentric as he is wise. A formidable investigator, Bruno must rise to the challenge when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno's beloved village of St. Denis is shattered. Racism is the obvious conclusion, and the son of a local doctor who is caught playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia is the immediate suspect. But Bruno knows his people well and sees a more complex explanation lurking in the memories and unsettled feuds of the German occupation.

This addictively readable novel, filled with the sights and sounds -- and politics -- of the French countryside, launches a stunning new crime fiction series.

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