Louise Penny’s latest Gamache book, while being the twelfth in the series, is also the beginning of a new career for the former Chief Inspector of the Surete. He is stepping into the role of Commander at the Police Academy, an institution that has been riddled with corruption. He has cleaned house of the many of the dishonest instructors and made some surprising personnel changes. When one of the professors is found murdered, Gamache must investigate for the sake of the school as well as fight to prove his own innocence. If this is your first visit to Three Pines or your twelfth, you will be completely engrossed with Armand Gamache and his world.— Sharon K. Nagel
Retirement continues to elude Armand Gamache. He is charged with investigating corruption at the Academy, which trains Suerete officers when the murder of the Commander there complicates his task. Meanwhile, in Three Pines, discovery of a mysterious map leads the neighbors on a quest-like search for its true meaning. Thank you, Louise Penny - I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!!!— Anne K. McMahon
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A Great Reckoning succeeds on every level."
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.
When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Surete du Quebec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.
And there he finds four young cadets in the Surete academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.
Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protegee of the murdered professor.
The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.
For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.
About the Author
LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montreal.