The tenth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.Bruno Courrgesis thrilled when he receives an invitation to the lavish birthday celebration of his childhood hero, World War II flying ace Marco the Patriarch Desaix But when the party ends in the death of one of Marcos longtime friends, Gilbert, it turns into another day on the job for St Denis s chief of police All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isnt so sure, for there is to the Desaix family s lives and loyalties than meets the eye Theres Victor, the Patriarchs son and Gilbert s sometimes rival, and Victors seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even than her fierce political ambitions Not to mention the Patriarch himselfdid his postwar Soviet ties intersect too closely with Gilberts career in Cold War intelligence As Brunos entanglement with the Desaix family becomes complicated, his inquiries into Gilberts life will become a deadly threat to his own....
|Title||:||The Patriarch: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series, Band 10)|
|Publisher||:||Vintage Auflage Reprint 6 September 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Seiten|
|File Size||:||878 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Patriarch: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series, Band 10) Reviews
Das ist eine Moggelpackung! Dieses Buch ist in einem anderen Verlag schon vor einigen Jahren erschienen! Ich finde das ist Betrug am Käufer!
I have enjoyed the Bruno books - until now. Well, I enjoyed parts of this book: the descriptions of the countryside; the descriptions of the food, wine and community; the daily life of a policeman in the french countryside. But this book was a slog when it came to the plot. A lot of people, a lot of franco/russian history, several different story lines - but no real plot. The ending was perhaps the worst of the whole book - abrupt, inexplicable. It almost felt like the author was told to have x number of pages, so he wrote, threw in a little history, wrote some more, threw in a few plot lines - then reached the requisite number of pages - said oh - okay, popped in a solution and a quick ending and handed the book off to be published. Disappointing from an author I've loved to read in the past.
I was hooked on Martin Walker’s “Bruno, Chief of Police” novels from the first title in the series, and the latest release continues with the winning formula: There are generally two plot lines, one major and one minor – the major plot involving an inter-related mix of present-day and historical issues, the minor plot usually involving an environmental issue or a present-day issue of local import. Throw into the mix the latest complication in Bruno’s love life, and some descriptions of wonderful Perigordien meals and wine, and voilà – you have a new Bruno novel!The problem is that even a winning formula can get into a rut, and while I enjoyed this latest Bruno novel very much I am beginning to sense a rut forming. In "The Patriarch" the environmental subplot, which involves a local woman whose land shelters deer from the hunting preserves which border it, is simultaneously overplayed and under-developed, and in the end is not really satisfactorily resolved. The major plot line involves another very interesting aspect of French history from World War II (an area of particular interest to me), but left me feeling somewhat shortchanged, especially in the somewhat hurried (and rather outlandish) manner in which it was wrapped up.This abrupt wrap-up at the end has shown up in a couple of the recent "Bruno" novels (in "The Devil's Cave", for example) and leaves the reader (or at least it has left me…) with an unsatisfying sense of a rush to completion, of a hurried denouement that leaves one wishing that Mr Walker had lingered longer over the completion of the novel. I also felt that Walker did his Bruno character somewhat of a disservice in this book by involving him in an affair which carried distinctly unfavorable overtones with regards not only to morality, but also the ethics of Bruno's position as a police officer.I can only imagine how difficult it is to keep up the quality of story, character, and writing in a continuing series of novels of this sort, and I don't mean to say that I have written Walker and Bruno off entirely – but I will approach subsequent books in the Bruno series with a somewhat more skeptical outlook, with an eye out for a deepening of the "rut".
I've read the Bruno series and enjoyed them, as getting to know the Bruno character was a delight. But this book THE PATRIARCH is just too "affected". I dont blame Walker but his editor. The book fawns over expensive whiskey, wine, clothes, and beautiful women. It's a "stage set" and gets boring after the besotted msuings that seem so unlike the previous Bruno personality. Walker should make this his last Bruno book or finish the series with the next one and get on with writing something worth reading.
I am hooked on this author's works. They are like being in southern France and are a wonderful window into that world. The stories revolve around the life and activities of Bruno, the chief and only policeman in the small southern French town of St. Denis. This author has written 8 of these adventures and all are topical themes reflected in today's news. The last mystery dealt with islamic terrorists while this one begins with the lavish birthday celebration of Bruno's childhood hero, national famous World War 2 flying ace, Marco Desaix. Thrown into the mix is conflict between animal rights advocate and the local hunters,along with corrupt politicians both national and international. Add a pinch of international ( read Russian) intrigue and you have a volatile mix guaranteed to keep you turning pages.Martin Walker knows his stuff being a senior member of a private think tank in Washington D.C and an international affairs columnist for UPI. These are a great read, fast paced and believable not to mention the cooking recipes that are thrown in... Now, darn it, I have to wait another year for the next one! drat!
I'm a fan of Martin Walker's Bruno, chief of police series. Every time I read one I enjoy the story line and gain a pound trying to emulate his French cooking style.Murder mystery is the first course when Bruno finds his childhood hero may have feet of clay. Marco Desaix is a hero of France celebrating his 90th birthday when the event is marred by the death of his son, Victor's friend, Gilbert. Was the death a horrible accident or murder as Bruno suspects?The drawing power of this series is the main character and the charm of the French countryside and its people. The Patriarch is a novel of transition as Bruno's love life changes and evolves, but it is still a good read in which to lose yourself in another world while working out the puzzle.Nash Back, author of Catspaw of Death