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By Martin Walker

ISBN-10: 0307700143

ISBN-13: 9780307700148

The 3rd installment in Martin Walker's pleasant, the world over acclaimed sequence that includes leader of Police Bruno.

Something harmful is afoot in St. Denis. within the area of some weeks, the in most cases sleepy village sees assaults on Vietnamese owners, arson at a neighborhood Asian eating place, subpar brownies from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a close-by market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle alternate, worthy hundreds of thousands of greenbacks every year, and it all spelling hassle for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, grasp chef, committed oenophile, and, most crucial, liked leader of police. whilst one in every of his searching companions, a famous truffle professional, is murdered, Bruno’s research into the murky occasions unfolding round St. Denis turns into infinitely extra complex. His pal wasn’t only a gourmand of French cuisine, he was once a former high-profile intelligence agent—and anyone sought after him dead.

As the unusual crimes proceed, Bruno’s detective paintings takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from sumptuous feasts to annoying negotiations—from all the paradisial pleasures of the sector to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a misplaced love, an formidable policewoman additionally assigned to the case. jam-packed with an abundance of meals and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many tarts) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously interesting concoction that grants the entire complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

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Weight’s coming,” the girl says, and whistles something to Pushingar. “We feel it,” Picker says. “I think there’s going to be a big wind,” the girl says. “All the air in here will catch up with the spin. ” And that’s just the way it is. As we fall the short distance outboard, “down,” the air around us not only gets colder, but also begins moving even more violently than the breeze over the channeled river. —and we’re being dragged over the floor, no matter how we try to hold on. Not strong enough yet to lift us up and flip us over.

You should know better than to get that stuff in your eyes. ” Water. I realize how thirsty I am and think back on the dripping condensation—how I should have caught it on my tongue, lapped it up. ” “Where? ” A sour expression. ” “I get lonely,” she says with a sniff. Somehow, I doubt that’s the whole truth. ” “Others, not like you and me. Well, maybe a little. ” This expands my thinking to a painful degree. I’m drifting away from her again on air currents, bumping up against small stuff. So many questions, and this girl has reversed roles, making herself a teacher and me a student.

Doors closing. Walls moving, scraping, squealing. My lungs seize. Hands and arms grow stiff. Naked flesh sticks to the deck. Skin comes away. I’m freezing. A little one pulls on my exposed arm. She’s thin and wiry and strong. She tears at the sac until all of my upper body is cold. She makes sounds. I think I understand but my head isn’t locked in yet. There was something wonderful before this. What was it? ” The little one’s still tugging and pushing, dancing on the frozen deck. I try to move but I’m uncoordinated.

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