L Affaire Richebourg

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Skilfully translated into French by Françoise Renevret, this is the first in a series of novels following the acute if rumpled Inspector Truchaud of the French police as he pursues fraudsters, murderers and gangsters over the course of a winemaking year in the vineyards of Burgundy.

In The Richebourg Affair, Truchaud, an Inspector in the Paris police, finds himself summoned home to the family vineyard in Burgundy on the death of his older brother. His brother’s wife is bereft, their son is bemused, and Truchaud’s father is increasingly bewildered. What had seemed a simple private family tragedy soon turns into a criminal investigation, as Truchaud becomes embroiled in uncovering murder, fraud and a secret which has remained hidden since World War II.