Sunday, 28 September 2014

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Bruno Courreges: Children of War - Martin Walker

Release Date: 12/06/14
Publisher:  Quercus


Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St Denis. One of Bruno's old army comrades helps to smuggle Sami back to France, but the FBI aren't far behind. Then an American woman appears in St Denis with a warrant for Sami's extradition. Bruno must unravel these multiple mysteries, amidst pressure from his bosses, and find his own way to protect his town and its people.


The latest outing of Martin Walkers detective and one that continues to build upon the characters reputation as this tale brings Islamic Extremism as well as mystery featuring the hiding of children during the second world war that also gives the story a sense of depth and history.

It’s definitely a book that I had a lot of fun reading and whilst I’ve enjoyed the series to date, I’m starting to wonder how much longer the character can continue as to be honest, for me, he’s starting to stagnate. Don’t get me wrong, I love the prose, the twists and of course the dialogue however I’ve felt that in this book the character hasn’t grown and is starting to become unbelievable.

All round it is a book that will give you a good amount of mystery for your buck but at the end of the day, if a character doesn’t grow then that for me is the beginning of the end.

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