On August 4th at 12:30 pm, author Martin Walker will be Zooming in from France to speak with the Charleston Library Society (CLS) about The Coldest Case, his newest installment in the “Bruno, Chief of Police” detective series.
After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning.
The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since.
The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all–and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!
This Zoom is free and open to the public, but we need an RSVP to attend. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of of the event’s page on our website, charlestonlibrarysociety.org/upcoming-events/ and please note that Zoom event links and passwords are always distributed on the day of the event to the email you RSVP with in the form.
About Martin Walker:
Martin Walker, after a long career of working in international journalism and for think tanks, now gardens, cooks, explores vineyards, writes, travels, and has never been more busy. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
About the Charleston Library Society:
Founded in 1748, CLS is a cultural institution for life-long learning, serving its members for generations, and forming a long-standing tradition of scholarship for the Charleston community. The hub of intellect is fostered through access to its rich collection of books, manuscripts, archival material, and programs promoting discussion and understanding of the ideas they contain.
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