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The Nature of the Beast

Book 11, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.

A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 15, 2015 – The bucolic Quebec village of Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar 11th Armand Gamache novel (after 2014's The Long Way Home). Gamache has settled in the small community after retiring from the S ret , where he worked as a homicide detective. But he's drawn back to the hunt after Laurent Lepage, a nine-year-old boy with a penchant for crying wolf, is found dead under circumstances that Gamache finds suspicious. The death followed Laurent's latest fantastic and disbelieved claim, of having found a gun as big as a building with a winged monster on it in the woods. Despite Gamache's unofficial status, he's allowed to work the case, which takes multiple unexpected turns. In this typically engaging and fairly clued installment, Gamache wrestles with whether he can truly be content with the quiet life Three Pines offers, a struggle that echoes the choices, past and present, others have made about their responsibility to confront the evil the human spirit is capable of. Series fans will delight in Penny's continued complex fleshing out of characters they have come to love. Author tour.

Customer Reviews

Not up to the usual standard

Not the typical storyline or quality from this author. Skip this one and go straight to The Great Reckoning which was fabulous and much more in keeping with tone of the first 10 books.

The Nature of the Beast

Penny's eleventh book weaves an historical event into a very intriguing plot while portraying her characters with authentic emotions of real people.

The nature of the beast

What's happened? This and "the long way home" are your weakest offerings....
Take a break and get hold of the writer you ARE!
Wait, wait, wait until you have once again the mystery worth writing! Then I will be back!

The Nature of the Beast
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: British Detectives
  • Published: Aug 25, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 11, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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