Martin Walker is a reporter and mystery author best known for the ‘Bruno, Chief of Police’ books. Born in 1947, Martin built a reputation as a renowned reporter long before he began writing novels.
Order of Bruno, Chief of Police Series
|1||Bruno, Chief of Police||2008|
|2||The Dark Vineyard||2009|
|4||The Crowded Grave||2011|
|5||Bruno and the Carol Singers (Short Story)||2012|
|6||The Devil's Cave||2012|
|7||The Devil's Cave||2012|
|8||The Resistance Man||2013|
|9||The Children Return||2014|
|10||Children of War||2014|
|11||A Market Tale (Short Story)||2014|
|14||The Templars' Last Secret||2017|
Order of Martin Walker Standalone Novels
|2||The Money Soldiers||1980|
|3||A Mercenary Calling||1980|
|4||The Caves of Perigord||2002|
Order of Martin Walker Non-Fiction Books
|1||The National Front||1977|
|3||Powers of the Press||1984|
|4||The Waking Giant||1986|
|5||Martin Walker's Russia||1989|
|6||The Harper Independent Traveller||1990|
|7||The Cold War||1993|
|8||The President We Deserve||1996|
|10||Makers of the American Century||2001|
A student of Harrow County School and Balliol College, Martin got his big break when he joined ‘The Guardian’ in 1971. While others might have dismissed him as just another reporter, Martin quickly distinguished himself, rising to the position of Bureau Chief for not only Moscow but the United States.
He also occupied the role of European Editor. The author spent more than two decades with ‘The Guardian’ before he finally moved on. In those years, Martin Walker took home a number of accolades for his efforts, this including being named Britain’s Reporter of the Year in 1987
Martin’s achievements also included producing shows for brands like the BBC. The author had the opportunity to leave his mark on the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement and the Washington Post to mention but a few.
Martin was fortunate enough to operate outside the UK and the United Sates, taking his skills to brands like the Moscow Times and Die Zeit of Germany.
Since leaving The Guardian, Martin Walker hasn’t stopped operating within the journalism field. His fans might have noticed him in all the appearances he has made on CNN, the BBC and National Public Radio, not to mention CBS.
It could be argued that the author’s postings and assignments haven’t been quite as high profile since he left The Guardian, but Martin’s work with United Press International is still considerable.
The author’s first attempts at literary publishing came in the form of his nonfiction books like ‘Waking Giant’ and ‘The National Front’. However, since 2008, many of Martin Walker’s fans have come to know him for his series of mystery novels set in France, specifically the Perigord region.
The books follow Bruno, an unconventional law enforcement officer. Bruno was wounded in the Balkans during a peacekeeping mission. As Chief of Police, the fact that Bruno doesn’t carry his official gun tends to single him out.
Best Martin Walker Books
Sometimes it might feel like Martin Walker is two different people because many of his fans as a reporter do not know much about his work as a fiction author, and the reverse is also true, with some of the best books to come from Martin including the following:
Bruno, Chief of Police: Bruno is the Municipal Police officer of a small French Town. However, his service is such that many have come to refer to him as the Chief of Police. Bruno abandoned soldiering some time back. For the policeman, country life and its slow pace is the only way to go.
Bruno is content living in his restored Shepherd’s cottage and dealing with European bureaucrats. Those who do not know Bruno might be surprised to find that he doesn’t carry his gun.
They might be even more stunned to find that he never exercises his power to arrest.
Bruno’s seemingly simple life changes when an elderly man from North African is murdered. If his death wasn’t bad enough, the fact that the man was found with a swastika cut into his chest creates all sorts of complications.
It isn’t long before a young policewoman is sent over from Paris to deal with the case before its political implications lead to further trouble. There is a group in the area that holds hostile opinions about immigrants and Bruno naturally suspects their involvement.
However, further scrutiny of the victim’s past reveals that things might be a little more complicated. The legacy of the Second World War is at play and it seems set to ruin Bruno’s simple, idyllic life.
The Crowded Grave: Bruno is Chief of Police in St. Denis and he is looking forward to eating Lamb Stew and enjoying Pomerol as spring approaches. Unfortunately, murder cares little for Bruno’s plans.
An archaeological team looking for ancient remains stumbles upon a corpse that is clearly fresh. Bruno must solve the case. He must also deal with the new magistrate whose attempts at making a strong impression only complicate Bruno’s work.
There are also the animal rights activists whose attacks are a threat to the peace of the village. If Bruno’s plate wasn’t full enough, he has caught the eye of two ladies who clearly want his affections.