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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.
Bruno, Chief of Police:
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 the Second World War.
? 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 Police features 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.
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Hardcover. Sound & good copy, light to moderate edgewear. Jacket has light to moderate rubbing/edgewear. Not price clipped. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 922022n
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G1554682649I3N10
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Book has appearance of only minimal use. All pages are undamaged with no significant creases or tears. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G1554682649I4N00
Buchbeschreibung Toronto, ON: HarperCollins Publishers Limited (Harper Collins), 2008. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG/na. Bumped spine end. Light edge wear. ARC/Proof. ¿Uncorrected Proof.¿ First Canadian Edition. Pictorial Wraps. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 011196
Buchbeschreibung Harpercollins Canada, Toronto, Ont, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good, Not Price Clipped. Canadian First. Complete number line from 1 to 9; some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; previous owner's name on front end paper; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 169195
Buchbeschreibung Harpercollins Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Fiction - Mystery. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 19123
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Collins), Toronto, 2008. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First Canadian Edition / First Printing. 262 pp. Light blue boards and dark blue spine with silver titles. Colour illustrated dust jacket is wrapped in a Brodart archival jacket cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003108
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GD-259-94-0878510
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers HH-259-94-0878510
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P021554682649