In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed
novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France’s great pleasures—wine,
passion and intrigue—converge in a dark chain of events that threaten the
peaceful village of Saint-Denis.
Benoît (Bruno) Courrèges—devoted friend, cuisinier extraordinaire,
and the town’s only municipal policeman—rushes to the scene when a research
station for genetically modified crops is burned down outside Saint-Denis.
Bruno immediately suspects a group of fervent environmentalists who live
nearby, but the fire is only the first in a string of mysteries centering on
the region’s fertile soil.
Then a bevy of
winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring
resentment among the villagers. Romances blossom. Hearts are broken. Some of
the sensual pleasures of the town—a dinner of a truffle omelette and grilled bécasses,
a community grape-crushing—provide an opportunity for both warm friendship and
bitter hostilities to form. The town’s rivals—Max, an environmentalist who
hopes to make organic wine; Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise;
and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—act increasingly erratic.
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.
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