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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

Nature of the beast

$14.99 is ridiculous - it is selling in hard cover
For $16.99 at Barnes & Noble. Publisher getting
Greedy & affecting the credibility of Ms. Penny.

Another great one!

A continuing excellent story in the series. LP is a masterful writer. Once you begin reading, you can stop. Her characters are real. The mystery is very entertaining. All her novels are highly recommended.

Another creepy and entertaining mystery

Louise Penny is really skilled at taking an event in history and turning it into a twisted mystery. Her books reveal new and unusual tidbits about each of her ongoing characters which keeps me coming back for more.

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
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