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The Dark Vineyard: A Novel of the French Countryside
When a bevy of winemakers descend on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers, the idyllic town—where Benoit “Bruno” Courreges is the town’s only policeman—finds itself the center of an intense drama, with suspicious fires at the agricultural research station that is working on genetically-modified crops.
Two young men—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine, and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—become rivals for the affections of Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise student of wine. 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.
About the Author
Martin Walker is the senior director of the Global Business Policy Council in Washington, D.C. He is also editor emeritus and writes the syndicated column Walker’s World at United Press International. His books include The Cold War: A History, short-listed for the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993; and Martin Walker’s Russia, which became a BBC Radio series. This is his third novel. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the southwest of France.
Praise for The Dark Vineyard: A Novel of the French Countryside…
“A gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes. . . . [Walker] beguiles the reader.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Captivating. . . . Sure to appeal to readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The real pleasure of the book is the place itself. . . . As readers are drawn into wine-stomping parties, truffle omelet dinners, and the aged dignity of a French hunting hound, the narrative tension gathers.” —Houston Chronicle
“Affectionate . . . Engrossing . . . Gripping . . . Walker’s mystery is written with a polished prose and an authority that’s shoulders above most crime fiction.” —Beverly Hills Courier