When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
From the moment its shadow falls over Three Pines, Gamache suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. When it suddenly vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
In the early days of the investigation into the murder, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins in a Montreal courtroom on a steamy day in July, the Chief Superintendent continues to struggle with actions he’s set in motion, from which there is no going back. “This case began in a higher court,” he tells the judge, “and it’s going to end there.”
And regardless of the trial’s outcome, he must face his own conscience.
In her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
I have never read Louise Penny…GASP! I am sad to say, this may not have been the best book to start with.
Gamache has major problems on his hands. As Chief Superintendent he is fighting a losing battle with the war on drugs. Then a strange creature shows up at a town festival searching for a debt to be paid. Everyone is suspect.
I really struggled to finish this read. It is a slow read with a lot of characters. Plus it jumps around between the trial and before the murder…without warning. So there were times I didn’t realize what I was reading. Now…to be honest…I was reading an ARC. So, the breaks in the flashes back may be added on final copy.
I hate I did not like this book as well as I wanted. I have not given up on Louise Penny. I will giver her another shot. Mainly because I did enjoy Gamache. He is a great character. He is loyal, honest and wants to be the best he can be.
Don’t let my review keep you from this book, especially if you are a Penny fan. This is totally my opinion and you may have a different experience.
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.