GROWING SALES: Bruno titles across all platforms now exceed 505,000 net copies sold since 2009, and each new book wins new fans and spurs backlist sales.
TOPICAL TWIST: Walker balances the relevant—the shadowy international influence of Russian power brokers—as delicately and delightfully as ever with the Dordogne’s provincial habits and inhabitants.
ONLINE PRESENCE: Walker has three ebook originals in the Vintage Shorts program—about 40,000 combined sales—with more on the way. He actively updates his website (www.brunochiefofpolice.com), which has a loyal following and features a personal blog, recipes from the books, travel suggestions for the Périgord region, and more.
AUTHOR APPEAL: Walker is constantly making friends among booksellers, since his in-store appearances are always successful. He now voluntarily hosts an increasing number of tourists on “Bruno” visits to the Périgord (e.g., tinyurl.com/yb7vlgnm).
“Enchanting…With Bruno around, all’s right with the world.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Martin Walker’s books…are consistently excellent; I really want to know Bruno, to eat at his dinner table with his charming and entertaining guests, to play fetch with his basset hound, Balzac. I really want to be Bruno.”—Bruce Tierney, BookPage, starred review
“While the novel has its bad guys, good and evil are less starkly drawn than in many American police tales. That’s partly because good has been so humanized here…Bruno’s reaction to…limited criminal justice is telling: Retribution holds no allure for him. Instead he settles for the certainty that the wicked are thwarted, as befits a police officer of such expansive humanity and the novel’s ethos of the social over the solitary, the human and animal over the machine, and life over death.”—Eve Ottenberg, Washington City Paper
“Outstanding…Francophiles will relish the evocative descriptions of the Périgord region and its cuisine. Distinctive characters complement the intricate mystery. Readers new to this elegant series will feel right at home.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review (“Best Books of the Summer”)
“While waiting for crime to be solved, readers can revel in the wonders of the Dordogne…Falling-off-the-bone French at its ne plus ultra.”—Kirkus
"I’ve read a lot of mysteries in my day, and Martin Walker’s Bruno novels are up there at the top of my list alongside Michael Connelly, Georges Simenon, and most recently Anthony Horowitz.”—Graydon Carter
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