In the most intriguing instalment yet chronicling Quebec’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the quirky citizens of Three Pines, Louise Penny deftly combines crime and punishment, a timeless avenger and a dark exploration of the conscience.
Three Pines, often bringing to mind Twin Peaks with its odd inhabitants, is one day haunted by a dark, cloaked, masked figure standing as a silent sentry over the town. As the top police official, Gamache encounters this voiceless presence, but lacking any determination of threat or cause for arrest, he takes no action. Until a village visitor’s body is found.
What follows is a great and twisting tale, as we’ve come to expect from the previous 12 Gamache novels, but also an exploration of moral judgments, mental frailty and the eerie notion of reckoning: We all must pay our debts. Fans will be glued to Gamache’s struggle as he testifies at the suspected killer’s trial and where those complexities lead. Gamache himself, it seems, is also on trial in his own head. It’s a profound story, with all the warmth of steaming coffee drinks in the town bistro and the bitter cold of death and decay of the conscience. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Tribe of Mentors Obama Leonardo da Vinci Capital Gaines Promise Me, Dad Guinness World Records 2018 Killing England Grant