The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker

By Martin Walker

The second one installment within the pleasant, the world over acclaimed sequence that includes leader of Police Bruno.

When a bevy of winemakers descend on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment one of the villagers, the idyllic town—where Benoit “Bruno” Courreges is the town’s merely policeman—finds itself the heart of an excessive drama, with suspicious fires on the agricultural study station that's engaged on genetically-modified crops.
younger men—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make natural wine, and Fernando, the inheritor to an American wine fortune—become opponents for the affections of Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise scholar of wine. occasions develop ever darker, culminating in suspicious deaths, and Bruno unearths that the issues of the current are by no means faraway from these of the earlier.

"Captivating...Sure to attract readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm." —The Wall road Journal

"A light reminder to decelerate and odor the grapes.... [Walker] beguiles the reader." —The ny Tiems ebook Review

"The actual excitement of the booklet is where itself.... As readers are drawn into wine-stomping events, truffle omelet dinners, and the elderly dignity of a French searching hound, the narrative stress gathers." —Houston Chronicle

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The Dark Vineyard

The second one installment within the pleasant, across the world acclaimed sequence that includes leader of Police Bruno. while a bevy of winemakers descend on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment one of the villagers, the idyllic town—where Benoit “Bruno” Courreges is the town’s purely policeman—finds itself the guts of an severe drama, with suspicious fires on the agricultural learn station that's engaged on genetically-modified plants.

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And because the land was also served by a water line and a standpipe, the commune was being cheated out of its annual water fee. Still, he had the lot number. He left Claire to roll up the map, and went into the cramped room that was called the registry to check the name of the owner in the tax files. The owner was a société anonyme, a company called Agricolae with a registered office in Paris, and the lot had been purchased from the Ministry of Defense three years earlier. Agricolae—that had been the name on the metal flag Bruno had plucked from the ground and put in the pocket of Albert’s pompier jacket.

There’s a big fire up on the old road to Saint-Chamassy,” Albert began, an urgency in his voice. “It’s at the top of the hill, just before the turn to Saint-Cyprien. A barn and a big field. ” “I’ll join you there,” Bruno said, tucking the phone between his shoulder and his ear as he tried to fasten his shirt buttons. He squeezed his eyes shut to draw on the map of the sprawling commune of Saint-Denis that he kept in his head. It was composed of the roads he patrolled, the isolated homes and hamlets he visited, the farms he knew, with their flocks of geese and ducks and pigs and goats that made this the gastronomic heartland of France.

It came from the phone booth at Coux. ” 6 Back in his office, Bruno tracked down the American businessman at the Centenaire in Les Eyzies, the grandest hotel in the district, with a restaurant that boasted a Michelin rosette. Thérèse at the hotel’s reception desk had a daughter in Bruno’s tennis class. He took hasty notes as Thérèse told him everything she knew. A young man named Fernando Bondino had arrived in a big Mercedes and taken the presidential suite, at a cost of nearly a thousand euros a night.

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