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The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.
A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.
Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the latest installment of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mystery series, the brilliant and empathetic detective is heading back home to Paris. What was supposed to be a cozy family trip to visit his beloved godfather suddenly turns horrific when the 93-year-old billionaire is purposefully run down and left in a coma—and that’s before a body is found in the old man’s luxurious apartment. With the help of his archivist wife Reine-Marie’s formidable research skills, Gamache races against corrupt forces among the Paris police to probe into the source of his godfather’s wealth, uncovering a larger, much older, crime. It’s wonderful to see Gamache in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of his native City of Light. The flashbacks to his youth give us illuminating insights into his psyche. In this dark, complex, and thrilling case for the inspector, things get personal—and we loved every minute of it.
Bestseller Penny's exceptional 16th series mystery (after 2019's A Better Man) takes Chief Insp. Armand Gamache, the head of homicide for the S ret du Qu bec, to Paris for the anticipated birth of a grandchild to his daughter, Annie, who moved to France with her husband, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, Gamache's longtime number two, after they both got jobs there. The happy reunion includes Gamache's son, Daniel, also lured to Paris by a job, and Gamache's godfather, billionaire Stephen Horowitz, who supported Gamache after he was orphaned. Tragedy strikes when Stephen, who made a career of exposing corporate wrongdoing, is hit by a delivery van while crossing the street, leaving him at death's door. Gamache, who witnessed the attack, tries to persuade the Prefect of Police, an old friend, that the hit-and-run should be treated as attempted murder, only succeeding after he finds the corpse of a stranger, who was shot twice, in Stephen's ransacked apartment. The tension rises as Gamache tries to investigate both crimes in a jurisdiction where he has no authority, and vital secrets about his family come to light, changing relationships forever. Penny's nuanced exploration of the human spirit continues to distinguish this brilliant series.