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The Crowded Grave (Bruno, Chief of Police, Bk 4)
The Crowded Grave - Bruno, Chief of Police, Bk 4 Author:Martin Walker Another delectable serving of mystery and the pleasures of the Dordogne from the newest master of suspense, Martin Walker. — Bruno's idyllic life as Chief of Police of St. Denis gets seriously interrupted in this latest mystery set in the gastronomic heart of France. He scarcely has time to feed his chickens and ducks, walk his dog, and make ... more »love to the local mad Scotswoman -- what with attacks on the Périgord fois gras industry by animal rights activists, and a sensitive summit meeting on Basque terrorism about to be held in St. Denis.
Bruno is assigned to help plan security for the summit, which brings him into contact with his former lover, Isabella, the Intelligence officer in charge of base operations. Bruno has a habit of falling for strong women who value career or independence over relationships. With two such lovers stirring his emotions in this book, he finds it hard sometimes to keep his mind on terrorist threats.
Complicating events even further, the professor in charge of the dig is soon reported missing, leading Bruno to suspect that the past and the present are bound up in dangerous ways. As summer approaches, the wine growing cooler and the fruit sweeter, Bruno's investigations take him indelibly deeper into contemporary Europe’s dark history of terrorist and counterterrorist tactics -- and toward a dramatic finale.
As savory as foie gras, as piquant as vin de noix, and as richly complex as the region’s truffles, The Crowded Graveis a feast for mystery lovers and Francophiles alike.« less