France’s Périgord region is the home of the black truffle and at five thousand euros a kilo, the exquisite ‘Black Diamond’ is a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Captain Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam. But matters take a much darker turn when a horrific murder occurs, and Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France’s colonial past.
It's probably impossible to write an authentic or convincing story about someone else's country - I've lived in England half my life, but couldn't claim to understand how it works! Still, if you regard Martin Walker's books as science-fiction of a sort, they are intriguing and well plotted, full of twists and turns, good fantasy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful