To kill a troubadour.

by Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23-

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When a musician's new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish nationalists' ire, and it's up to Bruno to track down the extremists who seem ready to take deadly measures, in another delightful installment of the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police.

Les Troubadours, a folk music group that Bruno has long supported, go viral with their new number, "Song for Catalonia," when the Spanish government suddenly bans the song. The songwriter, Joel Martin, is a local enthusiast for the old Occitan language of Périgord and the medieval troubadours, and he sympathizes with the Catalan bid for independence. The success of his song provokes outrage among extreme Spanish nationalists. Then, in a stolen car found on a Périgord back road, police discover a distinctive bullet for a state-of-the-art sniper's rifle that can kill at three kilometers, and they fear that Joel might be the intended target.

The French and Spanish governments agree to mount a joint operation to stop the assailants, and Bruno is the local man on the spot who mobilizes his resources to track them down. While Bruno tries to keep the peace, his friend Florence reaches out for help. Her abusive ex-husband is about to be paroled from prison and she fears he will return to reclaim their children. Will Bruno and Florence be able to prevent this unwanted visit? Despite the pressures, there is always time for Bruno to savor les plaisirs of the Dordogne around the table with friends.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "An international incident propels Walker's taut 15th novel featuring Bruno Courrèges, the chief of police of the small French town of St. Denis (after 2021's The Coldest Case). A week before Périgord folk band Les Troubadours is scheduled to perform in St. Denis, their new hit, Song for Catalonia, is banned by the Spanish government for encouraging the Catalan region to continue pushing for independence from Spain. The situation escalates exponentially with the spread of fake news on Spanish social media linked to Russia's campaign to stir up divisions in Europe. The musicians' website and Twitter feeds are soon overflowing with hateful comments and even death threats. Bruno begins to suspect that the song's composer may be a target for terrorists when the band performs in his town. Smoothly integrated into Bruno's investigation is information on a multitude of subjects, from medieval musical instruments to Ukrainian history, plus easy-to-follow recipes such as the British classic Coronation Chicken and Bruno's Gazpacho. Good food, fascinating history, and a crackerjack mystery: who could ask for more? Agent: Stephanie Cabot, Susanna Lea Agency. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Series A Bruno, Chief of Police novel
Features Bruno Courreges, the Chief of Police in the village of St. Denis, France
#1 - Bruno, chief of police
#2 - The Dark vineyard
#3 - Black diamond
#4 - The Crowded grave
#5 - The Devil's cave
#6 - The Resistance man
#7 - The Children return
#8 - The Patriarch
#9 - Fatal pursuit
#10 - The Templars' last secret
#11 - A Taste for vengeance
#12 - The Body in the castle well
#13 - The Shooting at Chateau Rock
#14 - The Coldest case
#15 - To Kill a troubadour
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf Inc,2022
Edition First Edition.
Language English
Description pages cm.
ISBN 9780593319796
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