As they embark on their quest for the truth, they quickly down the rabbit hole, beginning a sequence of events that leads to answers they never dreamed were possible." Salem Macknee, Mc Clatchy Tribune wire "Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency." Boston Globe "A complex mystery..." Chicago Tribune "A world of dark truth lies under the surface.
One of the wonders of 'The Nature of the Beast' is how subtly and relentlessly the author mines that darkness, and how surely her detective steps through it, without once losing his cool." Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's always a delight to spend time with the village denizens, whose levels of compassion, sarcasm and loyalty never waver.
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. And finally, watching the unmoving figure, a pall settles over the pretty Québec village. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. Penny has a gift for linking the mundane to the mythic Gamache becomes a heraldic figure, as brave and cunning as the hero of an Icelandic saga, and the contemporary evils he battles have apocalyptic overtones....[" The Seattle Times "Outstanding....
When a little boy who constantly tells tall tales disappears from his Quebec village, the community is forced to reexamine his supposed stories.
With the help of former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, Armand Gamache, the investigation and the frantic search for him begins.
It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before." 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. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime.
But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.