Conflicts. Old and new conflicts take center stage in the Bruno, Chief of Police novel by Martin Walker titled, The Patriarch. Protagonist Bruno Courreges, is the police presence for the Dordogne town of Saint-Denis. As in the earlier novels of this series, the Dordogne is developed as well as any character, and food and drink are explored with great pleasure. The crime that gives the plot momentum for the eating and for helping readers feel as if we are in the Dordogne, is an interesting one, and Bruno gets just the help he needs to tie all the threads together.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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