Author(s): Martin Walker
At the heart of French gastronomy lies the famed black truffle of the Perigord. But France's truffles are being adulterated with cheaper ones from China, and it seems that Chinese organised crime is behind the fraud. In St Denis market, a Vietnamese family has been selling their dishes for years, until their stall is wrecked by attackers who look Chinese. Again it appears that organised crime is behind the outrage, firing the opening shots of a Viet-Chinese triad war. When vicious murder, illegal immigration and the importation of underage girls for prostitution are added to the mix, Bruno has his work cut out. Martin Walker spins an intriguing mystery leavened with charm and humour, informed by love and knowledge for France, past and present. It is a combination that will win him many devoted readers.
'So likeable is Courreges and so convincing his milieu, that I was desperate for more Bruno as soon as Black Diamond's brisk and brutal conclusion came... C'est formidable' - Independent on Sunday. 'There are truffles to gather and market days to attend, as well as a sumptuous funeral banquet for a murdered truffle master that surpasses any meal cooked up thus far in a series that always makes your mouth water' - International Herald Tribune.
Martin Walker was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Harvard. In 25 years with the Guardian, he served as Bureau Chief in Moscow and, in the US, as European Editor. In addition to his prize-winning journalism, he wrote and presented the BBC series Martin Walker's Russia and Clintonomics. He has written several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. His most recent novel is Dark Vineyard. He lives in Washington and spends his summers in his house in the Dordogne. Visit Bruno's website at www.brunochiefofpolice.com.