- format: Amazon (Kindle)
- File Size: 2238 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (June 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2013
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780870736
- ISBN-13: 978-1780870731
- #6 in the Bruno Chief of Police series
In south-west France, WW2 casts the longest shadow when some rare bank notes are discovered, notes that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944 in the sixth internationally-bestselling case for Bruno, chief of police
In St Denis, Bruno, chef de police, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944. The investigation is fraught with issues.
Bruno is also dealing with a wave of local burglaries, which have brought his old flame, Isabelle - and their complicated history - back to the town.
Worse is to come. Tasked with piecing together these past crimes, Bruno now finds he has the more pressing matter of a body on his hands. He must now trace the links between past and present to restore peace in St Denis.
This is quite a lengthy series now, and this title comes in about the middle. Once again, as I often do with a series, I recommend that you read the titles in order. There is a development of characters and scenarios that have "history" and you will really get the best out of the book if you know what has gone before.
These are a different sort of "police procedural" simply because the French justice system works differently to that of the UK and the USA.
The books are rich in culture and descriptive recipes, as well as strong character development.
In this one the past meets the present when an elderly resistance fighter dies and an old banknote from a train robbery is found in his possession. Burglary mixes with murder and terrorism giving the plot of very modern flavour.
My rating: 4.4
I've also read
4.6, BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE
4.6, THE DARK VINEYARD
4.6, THE CROWDED GRAVE
BRUNO and LE PERE NOEL: a Christmas Short Story
4.5, THE DEVIL'S CAV
1. Bruno, Chief of Police (2008)
aka Death in the Dordogne
2. The Dark Vineyard (2009)
3. Black Diamond (2010)
4. The Crowded Grave (2011)
5. The Devil's Cave (2012)
5.5. Bruno and the Carol Singers (2012)
aka Bruno and le Pere Noel
6. The Resistance Man (2013)
7. Children of War (2014)
aka The Children Return
7.5. A Market Tale (2014)
8. The Dying Season (2015)
aka The Patriarch
9. Fatal Pursuit (2016)
10. Templars' Last Secret (2017)
11. A Taste for Vengeance (2018)