Bruno, Chief of Police The Story: Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges — police chief of St. Denis — spends his days helping local farmers outfox the despised E.U. food inspectors, distilling… Bruno, Chief of Police The Story: Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges — police chief of St. Denis — spends his days helping local farmers outfox the despised E.U. food inspectors, distilling… 2009-03-24 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Knopf
Book Review

Bruno, Chief of Police (2009)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2009; Writer: Martin Walker; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Knopf

The Story: Benoît ''Bruno'' Courrèges — police chief of St. Denis — spends his days helping local farmers outfox the despised E.U. food inspectors, distilling his own vin de noix, and trying to forget the past — until the murder of the town's French-Algerian patriarch dredges up old hatreds in Bruno, Chief of Police.
Movie Pitch: Music Box meets A Year in Provence.
Lowdown: Martin Walker's book is a nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement. But lovely as it is to linger at the table, the sleuthing can drag. B+

Originally posted Mar 18, 2009 Published in issue #1040 Mar 27, 2009 Order article reprints