This is the third book in the Bruno Chief of Police series by Martin Walker. The usually quiet village of St. Denis is disrupted by attacks on the Vietnamese stall holders in the village market, by the substitution of inferior Chinese truffles in shipments going out of the market, and by a fire at a local Asian restaurant. Events take a truly sinister turn when Bruno's long time friend and hunting partner is brutally murdered. French history in Vietnam and Algeria is woven into the intrigue as the murder is solved. Also woven into the tapestry is the love of good food and wine and being Bruno, women. A good read.