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The Long Way Home

Book 10, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.     

Publishers Weekly Review

Jun 02, 2014 – In Edgar-finalist Penny’s perceptive, perfectly paced 10th mystery featuring Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Quebec Sûreté (after 2013’s How the Light Gets In), Three Pines resident Peter Morrow has pledged to show up for a dinner with his wife, Clara, exactly one year after their separation. When Peter fails to materialize on the appointed day, Clara fears that he has either found a new woman—or died. Clara turns to Gamache for help in locating Peter, who appears to have adopted a new approach to painting during his time away from her. Over the course of the intriguing search, Penny offers real insight into the evolution of artistic style as well as the envy that artists feel about each other’s success. At times, the prose is remarkably fresh, filled with illuminating and delightful turns of phrase (e.g., Clara notices “her own ego, showing some ankle”), though readers should also be prepared for the breathless sentence fragments that litter virtually every chapter.

Customer Reviews

louise penny est canadienne

Veuillez noter que Louise Penny est canadienne, née à Toronto, Ontario . Classer ses polars dans la section "britannique" est une erreur, et ce, même si plusieurs de ses livres ont reçus des prix internationnaux, dont le prix Agatha Christie.Elle réside actuellement au Québec, dans les Cantons de l'Est (Eastern Townships) , dans un village qui a inspiré Three Pines.
P.S.Je possède et j'ai lu tous ses livres (8) traduits en français, très bien traduits d'ailleurs.. Les expressions anglaises et les "quid pro quo" entre l'aubergiste et la vieille poétesse Ruth sont remarquables.
Salutations distinguées.

The Boring way home. Not this time Ms Penny.

Boring, monotonous, tedious. I have read and enjoyed all Louise Penny's books, and I must say this one is not in the same class. Ganache only gives glimpse of his determined all-knowing assurances. Jean-Guy is less than a go-for. Clare is an erratic, insufferable, self centered spoiled brat. Only Ruth is her comforting reliable self. Too bad, after the last book I anticipated something more, much more.

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The Long Way Home
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: British Detectives
  • Published: Aug 26, 2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 10, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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