Martin Walker is the author of the "Bruno, Chief of Police Series" and is a senior fellow for a private think tank that works for major corporations. He is also a journalist and editor-in-chief emeritus at United Press International.
Martin Walker splits his time between living in Washington, D.C. and the Dordogne region of France, which is where Bruno lives and works. Walker based the character of Bruno on his good friend Pierrot who is the village policeman for the town they both inhabit. Walker says Bruno shares some personality traits with himself, such as wistfulness and an attraction to similar types of independent women. He claims he wishes he was as skilled at cooking and playing tennis as Bruno is.
Some of Walker's favorite authors include Sherlock Holmes, Donna Leon, Iain Pears, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. He considers himself an avid reader and enjoys non-fiction, as well. He studied history at Oxford and has written non-fiction books on topics such as the Cold War, Gorbachev and Perestroika. Walker uses much of his knowledge of history in the Bruno series, as well. As of 2015, Walker has published seven books in the Bruno series and is working on the eighth book.