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Publisher's Summary

In rural Dordogne, Bruno, Chief of Police, knows that WW2 casts the longest shadow. Rare bank notes are found, linking to the famous Neuvic train robbery of 1944 in the sixth internationally best-selling case for France's favourite cop.

In the small town of St Denis, Bruno, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944. The investigation is fraught with issues.

Bruno is also dealing with a wave of local burglaries, which have brought his old flame, Isabelle - and their complicated history - back to the town.

Worse is to come. Tasked with piecing together these past crimes, Bruno now finds he has the more pressing matter of a body on his hands. He must now trace the links between past and present to restore peace in his beloved town of St Denis.  

©2013 Walker and Watson Ltd (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

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"Walker brings to life a complete community and the chief of police who is its protector, teacher and friend." (Literary Review

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  • The Curator
  • 25-01-20

Tacky dated gay stereotypes

At one point this book specifically portrays a gay character as a paedophile. This is offensive and such casual homophobia should have no place in a book. I suspect the author is older but perhaps should avoid using sexuality as a plot device.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 15-09-16

Nightmare France

Vichy France deported Jews with even more enthusiasm than Nazi expectations, and Walker depicts the attitude to LGBT people as equally obnoxious! Even Bruno (Saint Bruno), who is somewhat more tolerant - pityingly - than most others speaks of LGBT+ people as "gays" (bless!)
This book is populated by stereotypes of gay men, and only mildly softened demonisations. The acceptance by most characters, even police, of homophobic violence, is the mirror of Vichy collaboration. Plus ça change?

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  • All Serene
  • 07-07-14

Very enjoyable

Once again this is a very enjoyable read, for anyone who's a fan of Bruno Courrèges. As with the earlier books, the modern day crimes he finds himself investigating have their roots in France's history: in this case, a train robbery carried out by the French Resistance. The story is also immersed in the flavours and atmosphere of the French countryside, which is always one of the pleasures of these books. My main criticism of the books is that one book picks up almost immediately after the end of the previous story, so that the six first books cover not much more than a year. This suggest a pace of life which is at odds with the idyllic atmosphere of St Denis.