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Publisher Description

The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.

A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 25
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Newbienomore ,

The Nature of the Beast

Penny's eleventh book weaves an historical event into a very intriguing plot while portraying her characters with authentic emotions of real people.

RockWren49 ,

Not up to the usual standard

Not the typical storyline or quality from this author. Skip this one and go straight to The Great Reckoning which was fabulous and much more in keeping with tone of the first 10 books.

iTunesROX ,


Yet another thoroughly entertaining book by Louise Penny. I could not put this one down and was sad to see it end.

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