The eleventh novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, from the worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny.
Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. His boundless sense of adventure and vivid imagination mean he has a tendency to concoct stories so extraordinary and so far-fetched that no one can possibly believe him.
But when Laurent disappears, former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
So begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. And what Gamache uncovers deep in the forest leads back to crimes of the past, betrayal and murder, with more sinister consequences than anyone could have possibly imagined . . .
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.