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The nature of the beast / Louise Penny.

By: Penny, Louise [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Penny, Louise, Chief Inspector Gamache: book 11.Description: 376 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780751552676; 9780751552638.Subject(s): Gamache, Armand (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Police -- Québec (Province) -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Missing persons -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery stories.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: 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.
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<p>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.</p> <p>But when Laurent disappears, former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.</p> <p>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 . . .</p> <p> From number one bestseller Louise Penny comes an ingenious, powerful and page-turning novel that will hold you in its grip until the final page. </p>

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.

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Penny (The Long Way Home) takes listeners back to Three Pines for another enthralling psychological mystery. Armand Gamache, now retired, becomes enmeshed in a frantic search for a missing child in his quiet Quebec community, creating a tale of murder, imminent danger, and the potential for mass destruction. Many social, scientific, and philosophical issues are examined and resolved and, unsurprisingly, true retirement doesn't seem to be in the cards for the famous detective. The work is splendidly narrated by Robert Bathurst, following the death of longtime series narrator Ralph Cosham. VERDICT A solid entry in a satisfying series. ["A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted...characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale": LJ 7/15 starred review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc.]-Sandra C. Clariday, Tennessee Wesleyan Coll. Lib., Athens © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Comment by Kath
08/11/2019

An excellent story but needs to be read as part of the series - it wont make much sense otherwise.

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