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By Martin Walker

The 3rd installment in Martin Walker's pleasant, across the world acclaimed sequence that includes leader of Police Bruno.

Something risky is afoot in St. Denis. within the area of some weeks, the mostly sleepy village sees assaults on Vietnamese owners, arson at a neighborhood Asian eating place, subpar brownies from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a close-by market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle exchange, worthy thousands of greenbacks every year, and it all spelling hassle for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, grasp chef, committed oenophile, and, most crucial, loved leader of police. while one in every of his looking companions, a famous truffle specialist, is murdered, Bruno’s research into the murky occasions unfolding round St. Denis turns into infinitely extra advanced. His pal wasn’t only a gourmand of French food, he was once a former high-profile intelligence agent—and an individual sought after him dead.

As the unusual crimes proceed, Bruno’s detective paintings takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from sumptuous feasts to stressful negotiations—from the entire paradisial pleasures of the sector to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a misplaced love, an bold policewoman additionally assigned to the case. packed with an abundance of nutrients and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many brownies) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously interesting concoction that supplies the entire complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

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He fingered the dressing in the same absentminded manner that, as a kid, he’d played with a loose tooth: repeatedly testing the pain it caused. ” His head hurt less now, after a double dose of codeine. “Less than a minute. I was trying to decide if you were just deep in thought or dead. ” Jon laughed, which stirred up the pain. ” “Open your eyes, this is an official consult. ” Wayne moved his vertical finger to the right then to the left, observing Jon’s eyes. Then he turned the finger horizontal and moved it up and down.

How long was he unconscious? Minutes? Days? Fisher seemed to be waiting for . . What? Oh, yes, the question . . “An inch maybe . . maybe twenty pounds heavier than me. Muscle though, not fat. ” Fisher scratched the side of his jaw, considering something. ” “Dobbs is gay. ” D e ad E n d D e a l | 35 Jon felt uncomfortable discussing Wayne’s personal life behind his back. Then again, if it helped the investigation . . Besides, Wayne didn’t hide it. ” There it was: guilt by association. Even though this wasn’t the first time the question had been asked, it still pissed him off.

He paid the deposit in cash and didn’t buy insurance. ” “You talked to the clerk who rented it? ” Jesus! ” He squeezed the bridge of his nose again and shook his head, more irritated at his own lack of ­patience than Ritter’s accusatory tone. ” Fisher pushed out of the chair and arched his back, working on the ache burrowing in between his shoulders. “No, that’s not all. Let me assure you we take this case seriously. Both the University and Seattle cops are also all over it. Last night SPD had two detectives going door to door in your neighborhood asking if anyone remembered seeing anything out of the ordinary the past two weeks.

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