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The Dark Vineyard By Martin Walker

The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker

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Summary

Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of petrol leaves no doubt - it was arson.

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The Dark Vineyard: A Case for Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of petrol leaves no doubt - it was arson. Soon after, a wine mogul from California visits the town, with plans to buy up half the valley to create an industrial-scale wine-producing operation. Such a business would bring a healthy injection of dollars to St Denis, plus the creation of at least fifty jobs. Bruno's boss, the Mayor, supports the scheme but Bruno is less convinced. He's not against progress, but he fears his little town will never be the same once the Californians have a foothold. Then a second, similar outrage follows the crop burning. It appears that someone is determined to stop the scheme and is prepared to go to any lengths - including murder - to do so. Bruno must use all his skills, tact and local knowledge to negotiate a minefield in order to reach the truth.

The Dark Vineyard Reviews

Walker's relaxed style and good humour bring to life his engaging hero and delightful home and make this one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph. Bruno is a delightful character, and Walker's handling of long-held grudges is intelligent and sympathetic' Guardian. Walker brings to life both a complete community and the chief of police who is its protector, teacher and friend. This book's ingredients are combined as carefully as Bruno's good meals. Second helpings, please!' Literary Review. Written with a deep love of rural France, for the countryside, the people, the way of life and the cuisine... so pervasive and agreeable is the charm of this novel that it might even allow you to pass the time pleasantly as you wait in an airport departure lounge for your long-delayed holiday flight to France' Scotsman.

About Martin Walker

Martin Walker was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Harvard. In 25 years with the Guardian, he served as Bureau Chief in Moscow and, in the US, as European Editor. In addition to his prize-winning journalism, he wrote and presented the BBC series 'Martin Walker's Russia' and 'Clintonomics'. He has written several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. He spends his summers in his house in the Dordogne. Visit Bruno's website at www.brunochiefofpolice.com

Additional information

GOR001291877
9781847249159
1847249159
The Dark Vineyard: A Case for Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Quercus Publishing
2009-07-02
304
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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