The Patriarch

The Patriarch

eBook - 2015
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-- -- From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
ISBN: 9780385354189
0385354185
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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captbligh
Jun 08, 2017

Good read!

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The eighth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series

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dougslater
Jun 30, 2016

I enjoy this charming series and this book was no different. I like the casual pace of the stories, the solving of a murder in this case while Chief of Police, Bruno, lives out his daily life with his friendships, food, coffee, wine, and his dog Balzac. If you appreciate a good story without the overdone nonsense of most of todays writers then you will like this. Note: this book is also printed under the title "The Dying Season" - don't know why.

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asgilbertmax
Jun 28, 2016

Yet another good read from Martin Walker.
Attractively improbable, but full of winning characters, in a fine place.
Bruno's feet of clay, indeed unfortunate. He needs a centre.
Screams, just crying out for a Master Piece Theatre type serialization.

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randalljay
Jun 16, 2016

I love this series and as we just came back from a few weeks in France, it was even more enjoyable. I enjoy the description of the lifestyle enjoyed by Bruno as much as anything. Interesting background too.

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miaone
Dec 27, 2015

I like Bruno and admire Martin Walker as a writer, but this one was hard to plow through sometimes. There was much more about France's relationship with the Soviet Union and also military aircraft during the Cold War than I ever wanted to know!

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looper46
Nov 19, 2015

I'm enjoying these" Bruno, Cheif of Police" books. Some might they are a little light-weight, but its refreshing after reading all those gruesome Scandinavians and French mystery writers. Sort of a travelogue, with food, wine and history of the Dourdogne thrown in.

Must agree with Cheryl65, he does act like a doofus around Madeline.

Will read the two other volumes I missed in the series.

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sandfordross
Nov 11, 2015

It could be a good book but the characters become plastic and oh so predictable. Seriously tedious after a while.

It is too bad that Mr Walker doesn't give his protagonist some depth........he could learn from Fred Vargas about French detectives.

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Cheryl65
Sep 05, 2015

I've really enjoyed the Bruno series, and looked forward to this latest novel. Surprise! Disappointment.
The book is padded with repetitive background details, and short on plot and suspense.
It felt like the first draft of a knock-off.
And Bruno -- such an incompetent, immature loser when anywhere near Madeline. Zero discretion. Sheesh!

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stephaniedchase
May 09, 2015

Walker turns his eye in the latest in the BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE series to the complex national politics scene -- while retaining the food, friendship, and love of the Périgord his books are known for. Another excellent entry in the series.

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