The Coldest Case: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel Martin Walker

The Coldest Case: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

Author: Martin Walker
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Book Title
The Coldest Case: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
Author
Martin Walker
ISBN
9780525656678
An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage--Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past. After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since. The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Martin WalkerPublisher: Knopf Publishing GroupPublished: 08/03/2021ISBN: 9780525656678Pages: 336Weight: 1.14lbsSize: 8.25h x 5.63w x 0.94dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2020 pg. 62Publishers Weekly 03/01/2021Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2021Booklist 06/01/2021 pg. 40
An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage--Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past.

After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning.

The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since.

The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Martin Walker
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 08/03/2021
ISBN: 9780525656678
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.25h x 5.63w x 0.94d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2020 pg. 62
Publishers Weekly 03/01/2021
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2021
Booklist 06/01/2021 pg. 40
An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage--Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past.

After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning.

The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since.

The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Martin Walker
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 08/03/2021
ISBN: 9780525656678
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.25h x 5.63w x 0.94d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2020 pg. 62
Publishers Weekly 03/01/2021
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2021
Booklist 06/01/2021 pg. 40