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Publisher Description

Gripping and full of suspense, A BETTER MAN is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one bestseller, Louise Penny.

'She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES
'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA

The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide.

Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared.

As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free?

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Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:

'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times

'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post

'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

'Supremely satisfying' Observer

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2019
27 August
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown Book Group
SELLER
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
SIZE
1.4
MB

Customer Reviews

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It’s okay

Author
Canadian journalist turned best-selling, and multi-ward winning, novelist in the crime/mystery genre. This is the 15th in a series based around French Canadian police detective Armand Gamache.

Premise
A young mother with an abusive husband disappears during a spring “weather event” (read catastrophic flood).

Plot
The powers that be have it in for Armand after the previous book, in which he saves the day (just) using unconventional methods (business as usual). After serving a 9 month suspension, he's offered a job which demotes him. He’s not expected to accept because of the, you know, humiliation, not to mention the abuse he’s still copping (sorry) on social media. But, hey, he’s a nosy sort of guy. What else is he going to do with this time? Investigating the disappearance of a young mother is low priority during a catastrophe but her old man is frantic and our boy has a girl about the same age. Her body turns up under the ice after the water level drops. The abusive husband denies all knowledge. With the assistance of neighbours in the small village outside Montreal in which he lives, Armand traces clues obtained from the same social media that is persecuting him.

Characters
All the favourites are back. If you haven’t read a Louise Penny novel before, it might take you a while to get your head around them.

Prose
The author is a fine stylist of the genre, who shares the nuances of French Canadian life and culture as she goes along. For me, that’s the best part.

Bottom line
It’s been a while since I read a Louise Penny novel. The first couple in the series (Still Life and A Fatal Grace) were great, but Armand’s getting a bit stale. I think it’s time Ms Penny dreamed up a new protagonist.

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