The Patriarch : Bruno, Chief of Police

  • by Martin Walker
  • Narrated by Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Series: Bruno, Chief of Police
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Slow, light, and not worth reading any of his others

This story features a French policeman in a quaint French town who likes food, drink, his dog, and friends. That's the whole story. If you want to read a book about how the French eat, you might find this charming. If you want a well-paced mystery, characters that develop, humor, depth, or a memorable read, this author doesn't deliver. The mystery is very thin, the plot is slow, and character development is nil. It's ho-hum at best.
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- Jeanne

Great for atmosphere-disappointing ending

Love the author's obvious regard for this region of France. I listen to these for the description of life in Perigord and to follow the characters to which we've been introduced. This novel ended abruptly with loose ends that didn't quite fit together. A lackluster effort on the author's part.
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- Eva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books