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Bruno, Chief of Police

(2008)
(Death in the Dordogne)
(The first book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series)
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If a publisher is particularly celebrated for finding really cherishable novels and authors, attention must be paid. So, when the publisher Quercus (for instance) comes up with something new, those in the know are aware that it's usually something special. Is that the case with Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police?

Martin Walker has a solid journalistic background, and is the author of several acclaimed work of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History, along with a historical novel,The Caves of Périgord -- but none of this is necessarily a copper-bottomed guarantee of success in the crime fiction genre. Fortunately, Bruno, Chief of Police turns out to be a quietly assured piece of work, full of quirky touches and characterised with real exuberance.

The eponymous Captain Bruno Courrèges is in charge of a modest force in the town of St Debis in the Périgord region of France (allowing Walker, of course, to utilises things he'd gleaned for his previous novel set in the region), and Bruno is not your typical hard-hitting copper: he never carries the gun he owns, and barely needs to arrest people. But suddenly all is turmoil in the town as inspectors from Brussels swoop on the rural market, making many enemies. Bruno is worried by the fact that this phenomenon is invoking memories of the town's ignoble Vichy France past. Then an old man from a North African immigrant family is murdered…

This is quirkily inventive stuff, and Walker's Bruno has all the auguries of the becoming a crime fiction favourite. --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery Series)
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-4104-1668-2 / 978-1-4104-1668-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police: A Novel of the French Countryside
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 0-307-27017-3 / 978-0-307-27017-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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July 2008 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-55468-264-9 / 978-1-55468-264-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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April 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-507-2 / 978-1-84724-507-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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Paperback Editions

January 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death in the Dordogne: The Dordogne Mysteries 1
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-78429-940-5 / 978-1-78429-940-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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May 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Bruno Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-55468-265-7 / 978-1-55468-265-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperWeekend
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police: A Novel of the French Countryside
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 0-307-45469-X / 978-0-307-45469-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death in the Dordogne: Bruno, Chief of Police 1
Author(s): Martin Walker, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-598-6 / 978-1-84724-598-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death in the Dordogne: Bruno, Chief of Police 1
Author(s): Martin Walker, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-508-0 / 978-1-84724-508-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-84724-546-3 / 978-1-84724-546-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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Audio Editions

March 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Recorded Books
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February 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief Of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2009 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief Of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief Of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Audible Studios
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2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-4407-0410-4 / 978-1-4407-0410-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2009 : USA Audio CD

Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
Author(s): Martin Walker
ISBN: 1-4407-0411-2 / 978-1-4407-0411-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Shooting at Chateau Rock: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series)
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Knopf
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May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief Of Police: (Bruno, Chief of Police #1) (Bruno, Chief of Police series)
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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April 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death in the Dordogne: The Dordogne Mysteries 1
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Quercus
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March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno Chief Of Police Book 1)
Author(s): Martin Walker
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon