“‘A Better Man,' with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions." —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.
It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.
As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.
Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.
As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.
In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.
What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whether you’re a fan of or a newcomer to Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series, a new novel featuring the deeply principled Quebecois detective is like a long-awaited visit from a beloved friend. The murder of a young woman provides the devastating backdrop to the 15th installment in the mystery series, but despite this, Penny delivers humor through the antics and eccentricities of the residents of the story’s rural town, Three Pines (pet duck, anyone?). As always, her focus is on the inner turmoil of her gloriously complex main character—particularly the parallels Gamache perceives between the victim and his own daughter—making the book both heartbreaking and totally engrossing.
Bestseller Penny's wrenching 15th novel featuring Chief Insp. Armand Gamache (after 2018's Kingdom of the Blind) finds Gamache, former chief superintendent of the S ret du Qu bec, returning to work after a nine-month suspension and demotion, and reporting to his own his son-in-law and one-time prot g , Jean-Guy Beauvoir. When the body of Vivienne Godin, 25 and pregnant, is found in a river near Three Pines, trapped in the debris of a violent spring flood, Gamache and Beauvoir are sure that she was killed by her drunken, abusive, supremely unlikable husband, Carl Tracey. But knowing who did it and proving it are two different things. After an exhaustive investigation, the detectives build a convincing circumstantial case against Tracey. But a shocking twist forces Gamache to look at the evidence anew. With an uncompromising eye, Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page.
The Better Man
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The twists and turns once it seemed the culprit was found. I love the intrigue. Very well written, I felt like I was visiting Quebec, in fact it felt a little like the Gatineau hills.
Love this series but this one didn’t work for me, just dragged on