In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker's internationally acclaimed novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France's great pleasureswine, passion and intrigueconverge in a dark chain of events that threaten the peaceful village of Saint-Denis.Benot (Bruno) Courregesdevoted friend, cuisinier extraordinaire and the town's only municipal policemanrushes to the scene when a research station for genetically modified crops is burned down outside Saint-Denis. Bruno immediately suspects a group of fervent environmentalists who live nearby, but the fire is only the first in a string of mysteries centering on the region's fertile soil. Then a bevy of winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers. Romances blossom. Hearts are broken. Some of the sensual pleasures of the towna dinner of a truffle omelette and grilled becasses, a community grape-crushingprovide an opportunity for both warm friendship and bitter hostilities to form. The town's rivalsMax, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine; Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Quebecoise; and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortuneact increasingly erratically. Events grow ever darker, culminating in two suspicious deaths, and Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past.A splendid mysteryand a delectable serving of the pleasures of France.Bonus material!Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "e;A Perfect Weekend in Perigord,"e;Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.This edition also includes an excerpt from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave.