Black Diamond by Martin Walker

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The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno’s investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent—and someone wanted him dead.

As the strange crimes continue, Bruno’s detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations—from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

Bonus material! Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord," Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.

This edition also includes an excerpt from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave. 

About Martin Walker

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MARTIN WALKER is senior director of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations, based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and an international affairs columnist at United Press International. His three previous novels in the Bruno series are Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; and Black Diamond. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
Published August 30, 2011 by Vintage. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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A paean to the truffle.

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Publishers Weekly

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Gallic charm suffuses Walker's third mystery of the French countryside (after 2010's The Dark Vineyard). Bruno Courr%C3%A8ges, the engaging do-gooder police chief of St. Denis in the P%C3%A9rigord reg

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BC Books

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Black Diamond is the third book in a mystery series by author Martin Walker.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

A former member of the French secret services who has retired to the fictional village of St. Denis is brutally tortured and murdered as he waits to join a hunting party with Bruno and other local dignitaries.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Martin Walker's Bruno Courreges series presents a deceptively laidback portrait of rural France, where our friendly neighbourhood policeman can rely on his close-knit village pals to help him out whilst ensuring he never misses out on his lunch .

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Meanwhile, the area's other economic strength, its prime truffles — black diamonds — that command premium prices, is being threatened by inferior products being illicitly introduced into the supply, primarily from China.

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