Friday, September 4, 2015

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny --- 376 pages

Each addition to Louise Penny's masterful Chief Inspector Gamache series continues to surpass expectations. The eleventh book, The Nature of the Beast, is an intricately woven mystery that combines the iconic village of Three Pines, the familiar continuing cast of characters, a brutal killing, a deadly secret lurking in the woods, and international intrigue. Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, savours the peace and simplicity of his retirement in Three Pines. But that hardwon refuge is threatened when a nine year old boy with a runaway imagination is found dead in a ditch soon after announcing he has found a monster with a giant gun lurking in the woods outside the village. Only Gamache begins to suspect this time the boy was telling the truth.

In a brief afterword, Penny explains that her story is based on the life of a real person, the controversial Canadian arms designer, Geald Bull, murdered in Brussels, Belgium in 1990; a case that has never been --- officially --- solved.

Click HERE to read a review from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Click HERE to read a review from Kirkus Reviews.

Click HERE to read a review from Publishers Weekly.

Click HERE to read the article on the real Gerald Bull from Wikipedia.

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