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Black Diamond (2010)

by Martin Walker

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  ebethe | Dec 20, 2013 |
The lat Bruno book that I had not yet read. Like the others, a good story with a wonderful setting.
I look forward to number# 5. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Chief of Police Bruno is the heart of this delightful mystery series set in St. Denis, France. Sunlight and shadow, greed and generosity of spirit abound in this series. ( )
  cfk | Jul 31, 2012 |
Black Diamond is the 3rd Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police novel by Martin Walker. It has all of the familiar atmosphere of the first 2 novels but takes a few darker turns in the plot-line by the end. I am thoroughly enjoying reading the Bruno series and was lucky enough to discover them late so that I can read all 4 (to date) of them this summer of 2012.
What keeps these novels from hitting 5 out of 5 territory for me is that the plot resolutions are always summed up far too quickly in the final 1 or 2 chapters. Everything is explained but it is not quite enough for this reader's satisfaction. Everything that comes before is quite solid, terrific trivia about French food and wine (in this case, the "Black Diamonds" of the title are the black truffles that grow in the Périgord region of Southwestern France) and Bruno's fellow inhabitants of the fictional village of St. Denis.
The plot this time kicks off with Bruno investigating a suspected fraud in a neighbouring village truffle market. Then a subplot of conflicts between Viet and Chinese immigrant communities in France is introduced that further leads to the murder of one of Bruno's friends. The friend turns out to have been one of the "barbouzes" (the bearded ones), a former member of French intelligence services active in the French colonial conflicts in Vietnam and Algeria. Meanwhile, a pending mayoral election in St. Denis introduces 2 opposing candidates to Bruno's mentor and father-figure Mayor character. There is also the regular ongoing plot of Bruno's love relationships. These are all resolved by the end but perhaps just a little too quickly. ( )
  alanteder | Jul 6, 2012 |
I have looked forward to the new episode by Martin Walker - Bruno is one of my favorite characters. More than just a village policeman he has a history of having been in the French army. This story involves not only local issues but national security issues. Really like Bruno. The story was great. ( )
  jsharpmd | Apr 5, 2012 |
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To Commandant Raymond Bounichou, old barbouze, great cook, good friend, one of the few to be given the honour of lighting the sacred flame at the Arc de Triomphe.
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There weren't many times that Bruno Courreges disliked his job, but today was one of them.
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France's Perigord region is the home of the exquisite black truffle, and at 5,000 euros a kilo, it's a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, chief of police Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam. In St. Denis market, a Vietnamese family runs a popular stall selling their country's dishes, until one morning their stall is overturned and wrecked by attackers who look Chinese. Bruno wonders if these are the opening shots of a Viet-Chinese triad war. When a horrific murder is added to the mix, Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France's colonial past. In this gripping new investigation, Bruno needs all his local knowledge, acumen, courage and charm to work his way towards the truth.
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In the wake of attacks on local Asian vendors and an increase in black-market ingredients that threaten the Dordogne's lucrative truffle trade, Chief of Police Bruno finds the case taking a personal turn when one of his hunting partners, a former high-profile intelligence agent, is murdered.… (more)

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