'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
Louise Penny's much loved hero confronts a dark plot lurking beneath the elegant facades of Paris - lose yourself in the breathtaking new crime thriller by the #1 bestselling author
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man's life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth that will take him from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives.
And as Armand begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide . . .
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
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.
No Three Pines?
At first I resented leaving Three Pines behind as Gamache arrived in Paris and I almost didn’t read on. I did read on though and thoroughly enjoyed this adventurous guided tour, this thriller, this confirmation of the importance of family. I just trust the next one is back in Three Pines!
Gamache at his finest
I’ve read and enjoyed all of Louise Penny’s novels. Initially, as this latest novel is set in Paris, I thought I would miss the wonderful characters who live in Three Pines, but was rapidly drawn into the story. I love Gamache’s humanity, and it was demonstrated exquisitely in All The Devils Are Here.