- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (July 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780307454713
- ISBN-13: 978-0307454713
- ASIN: 0307454711
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 281 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes. . . . [Walker] beguiles the reader.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Captivating. . . . Sure to appeal to readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The real pleasure of the book is the place itself. . . . As readers are drawn into wine-stomping parties, truffle omelet dinners, and the aged dignity of a French hunting hound, the narrative tension gathers.” —Houston Chronicle
“Affectionate . . . Engrossing . . . Gripping . . . Walker’s mystery is written with a polished prose and an authority that’s shoulders above most crime fiction.” —Beverly Hills Courier
About the Author
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 Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil's Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
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While the town's honchos wrestle with that issue, and Bruno wrestles with the arson investigation, romantic issues and learning to ride a horse, two suspicious deaths occur and evidence turns up that seems to implicate the leading American wine honcho--a politically touchy situation, to say the very least.
Good plot, that, but the most compelling interest as always in Walker's "Bruno" books remains its well crafted portraits of a place, its people and its delectible food and wine.
The series so far, updated July 2014: "Bruno, Chief of Police," "The Dark Vineyard," "Black Diamond," "The Crowded Grave," "The Devil's Cave," "The Resistance Man" and "Children of War."
Sidenote: If you go to Walker's Bruno web site, you can watch a half-hour book tour chat by the author at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore, where he tells anecdotes and behind-the-stories stories about the series, himself, the cop who inspired the character of Bruno and some of the real life people and history and incidents that would find their way into these books.