The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #2)

The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #2)

by Martin Walker
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The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #2) by Martin Walker

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

When a bevy of winemakers descend on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers, the idyllic town—where Benoit “Bruno” Courreges is the town’s only policeman—finds itself the center of an intense drama, with suspicious fires at the agricultural research station that is working on genetically-modified crops.
 
Two young men—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine, and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—become rivals for the affections of Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise student of wine. Events grow ever darker, culminating in two suspicious deaths, and Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past.

"Captivating...Sure to appeal to readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm." —The Wall Street Journal

"A gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes.... [Walker] beguiles the reader." —The New York Tiems Book Review

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307454713
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Bruno, Chief of Police Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,376
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.72(d)

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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Dark Vineyard 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JS-ChinoHillsCA More than 1 year ago
A good read. Series is based on French Policeman 'Bruno'. Good storylines, you learn something about France in every book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the French countryside overlooking Saint Denis, ruffians assault and set on fire a secret agricultural research station studying genetically enhanced crops. Chief of Police Benoit "Bruno" Courreges, the only cop in the rural village, investigates the arson. His prime suspects are eco-terrorist environmentalists. At the same time, American winemaker Fernando Bondino is in the area considering the possibility of investing in the fertile land at a time when the local economy is in an empty vat. However, Fernando's aggressive behavior has alienated many of the villagers especially when he brawled with local environmentalist-winemaker Max Vannes over Jacqueline, a Canadian visitor. When Max and his adopted father winemaker Francois Cresseil are found murdered, everyone suspects the American. As Bruno makes inquiries, the mayor warns him not to alienate the prime suspect. The sequel to Bruno, Chief of Police is a terrific French village police procedural as the Chief investigates an apparent arson, two murders, and several visitors including one from the other side of the Channel who he is attracted to while also tasting quality wine. Ironically, one of the worst crimes is dropping a bottle of '82 worth quite a few euros. The whodunit is cleverly designed, but much of the enjoyment comes from those in power like the mayor who warn Bruno not to drive an investor away with his persistent investigation. Readers will toast Martin Walker for a fine mystery. Harriet Klausner
LoyalOpposer More than 1 year ago
This is the second in Martin Walker's Bruno series and he makes the transition from one to the next seamless. Bruno, chief of police in a small town in the Perigord region of southern France, is a retired soldier who has become firmly rooted in his adopted village. Walker skillfully weaves French history (usually WWII) into his writing, showing the impact it has in the long memories of some of his town's citizens. It's a great mystery which is well written and interspersed with stories of great wines and great meals. Those who love mysteries, southern France, history and food and wine will love it.
cy-12_34 More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book in the series (Bruno, Chief of Police), but I thought it very well done with great characters. His descriptions of the French Town were so good that you feel like visiting there to sample the countryside and the fabulous food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good intrigue with tasty food and passion with wine. What's better than that!
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