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A Great Reckoning

A Novel

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #12
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Robert Bathurst / 13 hours 32 minutes

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A Great Reckoning

“There is something rotten at the Surete academy, and the now-retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been brought in to clean it up. In the meantime, a strange map has been found in Three Pines. Old friends, new characters, murder, and history combine in another irresistible tale from Penny, whose writing is always compassionate, funny, and literate. This latest in the series is not to be missed.”

Kathy Magruder image Kathy Magruder, Pageturners Bookstore

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 Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté 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 protégée 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.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding audiobook.

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“There is something rotten at the Sûreté academy, and the now-retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been brought in to clean it up. In the meantime, a strange map has been found in Three Pines. Old friends, new characters, murder, and history combine in another irresistible tale from Penny, whose writing is always compassionate, funny, and literate. This latest in the series is not to be missed.”

Kathy Magruder, Pageturners Bookstore, Indianola, IA

About the Author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.


Reviews

“ Riveting... characters of incredible depth only add to the strength of the plot... will keep readers guessing until the last page.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“...A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.”

Kirkus Review (starred review)

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And in the silence Leduc realized what Gamache exuded. It wasn’t force. It was power. Anyone could take something by force, but not many could get the person to surrender without a fight. It was a careworn face. But most of the lines, if followed back like a trail, would lead to happiness. Armand was whittling down, honing, shaving, taking out the dead wood, the unnecessary, the unwanted. The rot.

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