The twelfth atmospheric and ingenious crime novel in the Three Pines series, featuring the beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.
Winner of the the Barry, Macavity, & Anthony Awards for Best Novel 2017
Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Crime Novel 2016
There is more to solving a crime than following the clues.
Welcome to Chief Inspector Gamache's world of facts and feelings.
Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Surete Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Surete Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.
When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed ...
Ten million readers.
One inimitable Chief Inspector Gamache.
'Outstanding ... a constantly surprising series' THE NEW YORK TIMES
Penny's elliptical style works brilliantly in a novel that combines modern-day police corruption with century-old tragedy - Sunday Times
Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with - Metro
Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both - Peter James
Brimming with atmosphere and steeped in soul-searching . . . Penny combines clever plotting with beautifully evocative descriptions - Daily Express
Louise Penny is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted the Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Quebec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.