The Patriarch: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #10) (Paperback)

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Politics, espionage, and Cold War Russia are blended with wonderful descriptions of food, wine, and French scenery in this latest outing for Bruno, Chief of Police in the village of St. Denis. The Périgord looks lovely as autumn nears, and Bruno relishes his morning outings with his horse Hector. Life is good! But at the birthday celebration for the head of a winemaking family, a former French spy dies, setting off events that send Bruno criss-crossing his beloved wine country in search of clues and a killer. This is Bruno at his best, with wonderful recipes and an ending that’s a real shocker! ~

— From Susan

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

Bruno Courrèges is thrilled when he receives an invitation to the lavish birthday celebration of his childhood hero, World War II flying ace Marco “the Patriarch” Desaix. But when the party ends in the death of one of Marco’s longtime friends, Gilbert, it turns into another day on the job for St. Denis's chief of police. 

All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn’t so sure, for there is more to the Desaix family's lives and loyalties than meets the eye. There’s Victor, the Patriarch’s son and Gilbert's sometimes rival, and Victor’s seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even more than her fierce political ambitions. Not to mention the Patriarch himself—did his postwar Soviet ties intersect too closely with Gilbert’s career in Cold War intelligence? As Bruno’s entanglement with the Desaix family becomes more complicated, his inquiries into Gilbert’s life will become a deadly threat to his own.

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; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

www.brunochiefofpolice.com

Praise For…


“A darn good mystery with an engaging main character. . . . A rare treat.” —The Lincoln Journal Star
 
“The delights of [Walker’s Dordogne]—from the chateaus along the rivers to the prehistoric cave paintings to the food on the tables—are very real. . . . Absorbing.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“A satisfying and surprisingly intimate tour through a modern French village, full of character and charm. . . . The Patriarch in many ways is comparable to vintage wine, a cuvee of disparate tastes, aromas, depths and colors . . . Santé. Drink up." —The Arizona Republic 

Praise for Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police series 

“Sure to appeal to readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Tailor-made for fans of Peter Mayle, Colin Cotterill and Alexander McCall Smith.” —BookPage
 
“In Martin Walker’s delightful series . . . the charm of rural France is regularly disrupted—but not too much.” —The Seattle Times

“Walker treats readers to lavishly detailed accounts of meals served in farmhouse, restaurant, and at village fêtes, giving us cookbook-worthy accounts of ingredients, preparation, and wine pairings.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
Martin Walker’s Bruno novels are as delicious as the world class meals his chief of police whips up and as intoxicating as the wines he serves.” —Open Letters Monthly

“[Will] delight readers who relish a skillful blend of complex international political nuance and pastoral intrigue mixed with a soupçon of fine French wine and cuisine.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“As pleasant as a nice brunch.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804173513
ISBN-10: 0804173516
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Bruno, Chief of Police Series