The Patriarch

The Patriarch

Book - 2015
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A beloved village, a renowned family, a suspicious death -- it's the latest adventure in the Dordogne for police chief Bruno.

When Bruno is invited to the lavish birthday celebration of World War II flying ace and national icon Marco "the Patriarch" Desaix, it's the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. But when the party ends in the death of Gilbert, Marco's longtime friend, it's another day on the job for the chef de police . All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn't so sure. There is more to the Desaix family's lives and loyalties than meets the eye. There is Victor, the Patriarch's son, Gilbert's old comrade-in-arms and sometime rival; Victor's seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even more than her fierce political ambitions; Yevgeny, another son, an artist whose paintings seem to hold keys to the past; and the Patriarch himself, whose postwar Soviet ties may have intersected all too closely with Gilbert's career in Cold War intelligence.

Bruno is diverted by a dangerous conflict between a local animal rights activist and outraged hunters -- as well as meals to cook, wine to share, and an ever more complicated romantic situation. But as his entanglement with the Desaix family grows and his suspicions heighten, Bruno's inquiries into Gilbert's life become a deadly threat to his own.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385354172
Branch Call Number: FIC Walke
Characteristics: 321 pages : map


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Sep 17, 2018

This is my second “Bruno” novel and what have I been missing. Firstly, in addition to the protagonists, chief among which there is Bruno, the village cop himself: laid back, sharp as a tack, knows everyone in town and loves his croissants. Then there’s the setting: bathed in the warmth, birdsong, and perfumes of the glorious south of France. AAnd then there’s the food. Bruno is a credit to his terroir: he’s always ready to cook up a storm —- he can always be counted on to have the ingredients at hand for the most tempting linger mouthwatering creations. And that’s not even to mention the wines. So I won’t. Reading this, my most recent instalment of Walker’s “Bruno” series is enough to leave me hungering for more. Definitely a very good read. How many Michelin stars?

Jun 08, 2017

Good read!

Nov 05, 2016

The eighth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series

Jun 30, 2016

I enjoy this charming series and this book was no different. I like the casual pace of the stories, the solving of a murder in this case while Chief of Police, Bruno, lives out his daily life with his friendships, food, coffee, wine, and his dog Balzac. If you appreciate a good story without the overdone nonsense of most of todays writers then you will like this. Note: this book is also printed under the title "The Dying Season" - don't know why.

Jun 28, 2016

Yet another good read from Martin Walker.
Attractively improbable, but full of winning characters, in a fine place.
Bruno's feet of clay, indeed unfortunate. He needs a centre.
Screams, just crying out for a Master Piece Theatre type serialization.

Jun 16, 2016

I love this series and as we just came back from a few weeks in France, it was even more enjoyable. I enjoy the description of the lifestyle enjoyed by Bruno as much as anything. Interesting background too.

Dec 27, 2015

I like Bruno and admire Martin Walker as a writer, but this one was hard to plow through sometimes. There was much more about France's relationship with the Soviet Union and also military aircraft during the Cold War than I ever wanted to know!

Nov 19, 2015

I'm enjoying these" Bruno, Cheif of Police" books. Some might they are a little light-weight, but its refreshing after reading all those gruesome Scandinavians and French mystery writers. Sort of a travelogue, with food, wine and history of the Dourdogne thrown in.

Must agree with Cheryl65, he does act like a doofus around Madeline.

Will read the two other volumes I missed in the series.

Nov 11, 2015

It could be a good book but the characters become plastic and oh so predictable. Seriously tedious after a while.

It is too bad that Mr Walker doesn't give his protagonist some depth........he could learn from Fred Vargas about French detectives.

Sep 05, 2015

I've really enjoyed the Bruno series, and looked forward to this latest novel. Surprise! Disappointment.
The book is padded with repetitive background details, and short on plot and suspense.
It felt like the first draft of a knock-off.
And Bruno -- such an incompetent, immature loser when anywhere near Madeline. Zero discretion. Sheesh!

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