By Martin Walker
The 1st installment in a superb new sequence that follows the exploits of Benoît Courrèges, a policeman in a small French village the place the rituals of the café nonetheless rule. Bruno -- as he's affectionately nicknamed -- could be the town's purely municipal policeman, yet within the hearts and minds of its denizens, he's leader of police.
Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and gradual rhythms of state lifestyles -- residing in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly industry; sparring with, and primarily ignoring, the ecu Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun yet by no means wears it; he has the ability to arrest yet by no means makes use of it. yet then the homicide of an aged North African who fought within the French military adjustments every little thing and galvanizes Bruno's consciousness: the guy used to be stumbled on with a swastika carved into his chest.
Because of the case's capability political ramifications, a tender policewoman is distributed from Paris to assist Bruno along with his research. the 2 instantly suspect militants from the anti-immigrant nationwide entrance, but if a traveling pupil is helping to untangle the lifeless man's prior, Bruno's suspicions flip towards a extra advanced intent. His research attracts him into one of many darkest chapters of French heritage -- international conflict II, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother opposed to brother. Bruno quickly discovers that even his doubtless ideal nook of l. a. belle France isn't really exempt from that period's sinister legacy.
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Finally, I flipped to the news—just in time to see a skinny guy with a bobbing Adam’s apple being taken into police custody. Wait a minute. I knew that skinny guy. It was Howard Murdoch. I sat up straight in bed. What the heck was Howard doing in police custody? The TV reporter obligingly filled me in. My mild-mannered client, a guy so timid he was probably afraid of Count Chocula, was being arrested for the grisly murder of Westside aerobics instructor Stacy Lawrence. ” I sat across from Howard in the visitors’ room of the county jail, a stark, fluorescent-lit cavern that smelled like old oatmeal.
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