Martin Walker presents yet another cunning mystery with the eighth book in his Bruno, Chief of Police series. The Patriarch (Knopf, $24.95) takes readers on a sensorial journey around France while also presenting an engaging police drama true to the Walker canon. In this installment, Bruno fulfills his boyhood dream when he attends a house party and meets World War II flying ace Marco “The Patriarch” Desaix. However, by the end of the celebration, Gilbert, Marco’s longtime friend, is killed in an accident. But Bruno is immediately suspicious, and launches an investigation, starting with the Desaix family, a confounding bunch, with whom Bruno develops the complicated relationships that drive the plot. Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very end. Those familiar with Walker’s work can rest assured that the author again combines his expertise about post-World War II European politics with his understanding of current French issues to thoroughly engage readers in the mystery at hand.
The Patriarch: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel - Martin Walker
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2016