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The Resistance Man (Bruno, Chief of Police #6)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,416 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Bruno Courrèges—provincial French police chief extraordinaire—is back in another delectable tale of mystery and suspense that unfolds in the gastronomically ravishing Dordogne.

A veteran of the Resistance dies, and among his possessions are documents that connect him to a notorious train robbery. A former British spymaster’s estate is burglarized, the latest in a spree of e
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2013)
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Benoit Courreges, Chef de Police in St Denis and known to everyone as Bruno, was enjoying a relaxing morning out in the garden with his two geese, Napoleon and Josephine plus the chickens and pheasants he had procured for their delicious eggs, while he was attempting to train his basset hound puppy Balzac. Teaching Balzac to treat his feathered friends with courtesy was beginning to work as Bruno found this breed of dog to be highly intelligent. But as his phone vibrated in his pocket and he was ...more
Marina Sofia
Jun 05, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, this is my guilty pleasure... The loving descriptions of food, wine, dinners among friends, life in the French countryside... oh, yes, and there is a murder or two as well, a mystery to solve, to keep things interesting. This is the second book I've read in the series and I can't get enough of it. Maybe, after a full dose of all 6 books, I might feel a bit bloated and as if I had over-indulged at the dinner table. But there is also canny and topical political commentary, and a keen observati ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Loretta rated it liked it
I see that most people give this a four star. And although I did enjoy reading the story, I felt the train robbery was a weak thread that did not hold the real events together very well. It was almost like Mr Walker had read about the event and decided it would make a good tale, but there wasn't enough info to work with, so he added a murder too.
The title is another problem for me. Again, the Resistance Man had little if anything to do with the major action in the story.
And you know, Bruno is ju
Jun 21, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This sixth novel focusing on Police Chief Bruno of the fictional Perigord commune of St. Denis again not only tells a cracking good mystery but also makes you want to travel to see the world in which Bruno and his author live. The life, history and culture of the Perigord compete in the best sense with the narrow mystery and chase aspects of this novels and put it well above the normal European mystery.
Sep 10, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: e, cosy-mystery
This is my guilty pleasure too! Although the story is not worth 5 stars, I always enjoy learning about some new aspects of the Dordogne (which I know well) or French history that I hadn't heard of before. In this novel I learnt about the biggest train robbery of all time, which really did happen in Neuvic in 1944, making many people, including André Malraux, become suddenly rich. Fascinating! Woven around that is a historically accurate account of the secret U.S. assistance to the French nuclear ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series... Walker is developing the characters beautifully. Without spoiling anything, it will be very interesting indeed to see how things develop for Bruno in particular in subsequent books.
Jane McGaughey
Aug 12, 2013 Jane McGaughey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Walker needs to write another instalment immediately!!!
Michelle L
Apr 04, 2014 Michelle L rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-mystery
It's Bruno's sixth, and my sixth, in this usually satisfying series. This time around I have to agree with those who felt it lacked depth, despite the presence of several supposed emotional crossroads for not only Bruno, but the mayor and Isabelle. They were there, like signposts, but they didn't reverberate.

It's also true that the title meant nothing in terms of what the story beneath the plot supposedly was about. When you find yourself wondering from time to time "What resistance man?" instea
Mar 03, 2014 Correen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Walker's books have evolved. Now with the completion of his sixth novel in his "Bruno, Chief of Police" series has moved to an intricate plot relating to a significant historical event from his early cozy story of crime events in his beautiful Dordogne with magnificent food and wine.

The Resistance Man includes references to the wine and even includes his favorite wines in a robbery. There is little talk of cooking, only passing references to the gardens and cooking, and no mention of truffles.
Jul 03, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bruno Chief of Police series is one of my annual favourites, but this one fell a bit short of my usual 5 star rating for the books that feature the rural policeman in the Perigord region of France.
The usual touchstones of the series were in place, i.e. a meal cooked by Bruno for his friends with its preparation lovingly described, the interactions with his basset hound and his horse, the camaraderie with friends such as the Mayor and J.J., and, of course, the ongoing dynamic of the relations
Oct 23, 2013 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruno is once again mired in a murder investigation. At the same time he is also trying to figure out his own life. Is it Pamela, or Isabelle who will claim his attention. Of course, through all of the twists and turns, much like the country roads throughout his little domain, there is the wonderful description of life in this part of France.

I picked this book up because I am quite enamored with the lifestyle depicted within these pages. I also quite like the character of Bruno. When my friend h
Paul Lima
Sep 14, 2015 Paul Lima rated it liked it
A decent who done it. Takes place in France. Beyond the murder mystery what I liked about the book was that no matter who the main detective, a small town cop really, talked to, they'd always have coffee or wine or go to lunch or make dinner arrangements. So civilized! I figured out who was involved in the murder well before the reveal, but overall this was a solid, if a tad straight-forward and evident, read.
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 30, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, fiction, france
The sixth book in this series is very exciting, and I'm glad that with each new installment to the Bruno books, they never get repetitive or predictable.
Oct 06, 2015 Suzy rated it really liked it
Roll on, Martin Walker and Bruno, Chief of Police! There are a few things that keep me from giving these books 5 stars, but I won't hesitate to read the next on the series, Children of War as soon as I clear the library wait list. I'm always engaged from start to finish.

As a bonus, Walker includes information on the wines and food of the region in the acknowledgements, including how to order the cheese, made by his actual friend Stephane, oft-mentioned in the books.
Devon Hernandez
May 04, 2014 Devon Hernandez rated it it was amazing
It took me longer to finish this than it should simply because when I get a new book from this series, it's like a box of chocolates that must be savored because you never want the delights found in its pages to end too soon. The ending was a bit abrupt especially with Bruno's turmoil over the devastating bombshell Isabel dropped on him. As a reader, you feel for him, especially's like a punch in the gut. I hope Walker gives Bruno a romantic interest soon other than the now-defunct I ...more
First Sentence: It as shortly after dawn on a day in the late spring that carried all the promise after summer to come.

When an old French Resistance fighter dies, he is found in possession of old banknotes thought to the robbery of the Neuvic Train during the War thought to be the greatest train robbery of all time. Bruno meets Jacqueline, who is researching a story claiming the US gave clandestine support France’s nuclear program, a fact that would not go over well with upcoming elections. A bu
Jakob Rehlinger
Aug 21, 2015 Jakob Rehlinger rated it liked it
I've been enjoying the Bruno books consistently up to this point. Charming stories with charming characters in a charming setting. But "The Resistance Man" has a number of weaknesses compared to the first five volumes.

First, it felt like the book might have been rushed. It seemed like either the Neuvic train robbery was crow-barred into an existing plot idea (because Walker just likes it), or Walker wanted to build a book around the robbery but just couldn't find a decent story. As it stands, th
I'm now caught up with the Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries. I can only hope that Martin Walker will write a little faster! In THE RESISTANCE MAN there are some random burglaries going on in the area. The burglars are stealing works of art, high end rugs and furniture. There is at least one murder for Bruno to deal with and he is helping with the funeral of a Resistance veteran. Walker weaves all of these things into a delightful read. Then, there is always the food. I must gain 5 pounds every t ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Set in the Dordogne town of St Denis, Bruno the chief of police spends his days solving crimes, keeping the streets safe, enjoying fine food, wine and female company. With his comforting and homely descriptions of simple country life in the Dordogne I have developed a soft spot for Martin’s writing and for Bruno. I easily slip back into his life in St Denis whenever I pick up one of his books.

In The Resistance Man Bruno finds himself having to piece together the links between the past and presen
Apr 27, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
These French mysteries are so smart and well written. They are gems. Bruno, the Chief of Police of St. Denis, a fictional town in the Perigord region of France. He's a bachelor, a wonderful chef who grows his own vegetables, rides horses and has a cadre of good friends and neighbors that love him. He is a great good hearted character that also solves crimes and brings the criminals to justice.

The books are written by a writer who is an economist and scholar and are well worth reading. This part
Jan 28, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
Benoit Courreges, better known as Bruno, is the Chief of Police in the small village of St. Denis in Southwestern France. He’s a long time part of the village scene and knows just about everyone in town, as well as a great deal about their history.

Bruno lives in a remodeled house on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne River Valley, where he grows his own veggies, raises chickens, and rides his trusted horse, Hector each morning for exercise. He definitely knows his way around a kitchen, where he
Mar 21, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
It's another trip to Perigord - the countryside, the villages, the food, the local characters. This series is consistently well written and well plotted.

An elderly villager dies and it turns out that he was a hero of the Resistance, and may have had some knowledge of a train robbery involving millions of francs at the end of the War. A number of local vacation home have been burgled of art and antiques. One of the homes belongs to a British retired spymaster and may have security implications. A
May 05, 2015 Homerun2 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read a lot of series mysteries, and kudos to the authors who are able to sustain and nurture their characters over the long haul and still hold our interest. There is always much to enjoy in a Chief Bruno mystery: the delightful French setting, the food, the village ensemble cast and their interactions.

This being said, this was not my favorite Bruno. The plot seemed to be needlessly complex and fragmented with some very large detours that didn't really go anywhere. There also didn't s
Mar 15, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if this means much but I felt like I could follow this one a bit better. Bruno and his friends are in the midst of life basically when a series of burglaries occur. Suddenly there's also a murder and possible connection to the burglaries however, there's also a gay angle (why is there always a gay angle in books lately???? - just read Hakan Nessers "Munsters Case" and there's some gay angles in that too...anyway) and a throw back to the beginning of Bruno's career. I think my only r ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series very much. I thought the previous title (The Devil's Cave) wasn't one of the best but Martin Walker has returned to form with this one. A former resistance fighter dies and among his possessions he has documents that link him to a war time train robbery. There was a huge amount of gold stolen, and no one is quite certain what happened to it. Meanwhile a local English resident has his home burgled. In investigating Bruno discovers that the retired civil servant is actually a h ...more
May 13, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
In the French village of St. Denis, an elderly man who was a Resistance Fighter in World War II dies, and some of his possessions link him to a notorious train robbery. Soon after, a burglary takes place, and a man is murdered in what could be a crime of homosexual revenge. Bruno has his hands full, but could these events all be linked somehow? This story was almost too complex. However, it was full of the characters we have come to know and enjoy, and we shared some good meals and the beautifu ...more
Wendy Carlyle
May 27, 2016 Wendy Carlyle rated it really liked it
I was disappointed with the most recent Bruno novel as it seemed to have overbalanced and focused more on the food elements than the story. However, I've gone backwards a couple of books with 'The Resistance Man' and rediscovered my love for Bruno. St Denis is a bit like Midsomer with corpses strewn around the lovely countryside but Bruno is on the case! He's a sensitive chap, an excellent cook, appreciative of the ladies and clever to boot. This kept me guessing almost to the end, pulling in a ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Captain Bruno Courreges is back in his seventh Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series. He still cooks, hunts, grows his own food, loves dogs, registers births and deaths, enforces parking regulations, and catches criminals. While the charm of the rural French countryside may deceive you into thinking nothing much happens, Bruno’s life is full of murder, politics, rivalries, burglary, and the first six books were full of so much charm and entertaining writing that I was really looking forward to “ ...more
Rosemary Zurawel
Jun 22, 2016 Rosemary Zurawel rated it really liked it
Walker has revealed yet another part of the French Résistance that was active during the Second World War, and shares some intriguing details about a train robbery that mysteriously led to the theft of billions of dollars' worth of francs. The history is expertly interwoven with an antiques smuggling ring and the murder of a wealthy dealer. The introduction of some gay characters brings a lovely modern twist to this volume that explores loyalty and love along with the revelation of a deceit by I ...more
Kevin Mckinnon
Feb 12, 2015 Kevin Mckinnon rated it it was ok
Very little suspense. Very formulaic. Walker appears to be going through the motions with this series, which is a shame because earlier books were quite enjoyable.
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Martin Walker is the U.S. bureau chief for The Guardian (London), a regular commentator for CNN, and a columnist for newspapers in the United States, Europe, and Moscow. A published novelist and poet, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, the novelist Julia Watson, and
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Bruno, Chief of Police (9 books)
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  • The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police #2)
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