Om Black Diamond
The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby marketall of it threatening the Dordogne's truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benot ';Bruno' Courreges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno's investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn't just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agentand someone wanted him dead.As the strange crimes continue, Bruno's detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafes, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiationsfrom all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworldand reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sr, many, many truffles) and a soupon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.Bonus material!Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord,"Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.