The Nature of the Beast
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2015-08-25
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (#11)
Chief Inspector Gamache - Book 11I think this is one of the best Gamache books. Many favourite characters are back, but there is a renewed focus on Armand Gamache, Jean-Guy and Isabelle Lacoste. Especially on Armand. We are getting to see how he is, or isn't, dealing with retirement from the SQ. ...
I dithered between 3.5 and 4 stars, as it's somewhere between them. Definitely a better novel than The Long Way Home, which preceded it, though. Also, very little Clara Morrow. We do get a decent amount of our favorite mad poet and her pet duck, however.
The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny, author, Robert Bathurst, narrator Three Pines is the name of the quiet village that former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie have settled down in, since his retirement. She had once had a career at the National Library. The small com...
”Here.” The boy handed Gamache the stick. “If anything bad happens to me, you’ll know what to do.” He looked at Gamache with deadly earnest. “I’m trusting you.” Everyone is so used to nine-year old Laurent Lepage’s outlandish stories that when he finally tells the truth, that he’s found a giant gun...
Listened to Audible book narrated by Robert Bathurst. Bathurst does a good job but his performance of Ruth sadly doesn't come close to Ralph Cosham's.This novel is set in Three Pines but is not a straight murder mystery. Once again Gamache must save the world singlehandedly - a bit far fetched and t...