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Author: Martin Walker Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bruno, Chief of Police Series Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490661988
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The Dordogne’s favorite chief of police is back in a case full of twists and turns that finds his small town shockingly targeted by a terrorist network.

When an undercover agent tracking domestic jihadists is found murdered, it’s troubling enough for Bruno’s beloved village. But when this is followed by the return of Sami, a local autistic youth thought lost to Islamic extremism, provincial St. Denis suddenly becomes a front line in the global war on terror. Abducted and exploited for his technological genius in Afghanistan, Sami has used his talents to gather invaluable stores of al-Qaeda intel—but as an international tribunal descends to begin an exhaustive debrief, it becomes clear Sami’s former handlers are far from ready to relinquish him. Now the same jihadists who killed the agent aim to silence Sami, and as the eyes of the intelligence world turn toward his case, Bruno must scramble to track down the terrorists before they exact their own justice.

As if things aren’t complicated enough, Bruno finds himself contending with the mixed, alluring signals of one of the high-ranking US intelligence officers on Sami’s case, even while juggling the affections of his neighbor and sometime lover. Add to that a member of the tribunal with dangerous skeletons in his closet, the mysterious history of two Jewish siblings who claim to have been sheltered locally from the Nazis during World War II, and a high-profile philanthropist whose presence in St. Denis seems to be attracting attention from the jihadists, and it’s all almost enough to absent Bruno from the village’s wine festival.

With international intrigue and action aplenty, The Children Return is a journey to St. Denis that readers won’t soon forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful…but Bruno still has time to savor food, wine, and his attraction to an FBI liaison.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A solid mystery, with the ever-fascinating character of Bruno at the helm.”


  • “[A] heady mix….As prescient as it is terrifying.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “At the drop of a beret, Saint-Denis takes reluctant center stage in the war on terrorism. Nicely crafted with sensitivity and humor.”


  • “Robert Ian Mackenzie’s understated performance fits this seventh entry in the series featuring Bruno Courreges…Mackenzie’s narration is unobtrusive but not dull. He captures Bruno’s steadiness and decency and does a fine job with the other characters, of both genders and various nationalities. Mackenzie is generally content to let his characters speak with an English accent, no matter where they’re from. There are too many countries represented here to do otherwise as constantly shifting accents would be a distraction.”


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About the Author

Martin Walker is the senior director of the Global Business Policy Council in Washington, DC. He is also editor emeritus and writes the syndicated column “Walker’s World” at United Press International. His books include The Cold War: A History, short-listed for the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993; and Martin Walker’s Russia, which became a BBC Radio series, as well as several novels. He lives in Washington, DC, and the southwest of France.

About the Narrator

Robert Ian Mackenzie, Earphones Award–winning narrator, became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books.