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Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin  Walker
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Aug 01, 2011

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Comfortably satisfies every anglo-held cliche regarding rural France. Indeed it could very well have been written by someone that had never been to the country in response to the recent and well-publicised unrest from (largely) racial minorities in Paris' suburbs. How would immigration and the resultant tension affect the rural utopia imagined in France's countryside? The answer in this case, is with murder.

Like the book itself, life in St Denis is rich and slow-paced; the residents as inter-connected and dependent on each other as they are with the land they share. This happy state is partly relying on their ability to both remember and conveniently "forget", when things are too hard to deal with. If you can also manage the latter you may be able to forgive a finish which is at best, wishy-washy.

The journey 'til then though is a pleasant and interesting one, which will have you checking your passport expiration date and bank balance.
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