Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.49 × 6.37 × 1.24 in
Published: August 26, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1250022061
ISBN - 13: 9781250022066
Read from the Book
ONE As Clara Morrow approached, she wondered if he’d repeat the same small gesture he’d done every morning. It was so tiny, so insignificant. So easy to ignore. The first time. But why did Armand Gamache keep doing it? Clara felt silly for even wondering. How could it matter? But for a man not given to secrets, this gesture had begun to look not simply secretive, but furtive. A benign act that seemed to yearn for a shadow to hide in. And yet here he was in the full light of the new day, sitting on the bench Gilles Sandon had recently made and placed on the brow of the hill. Stretched out before Gamache were the mountains, rolling from Québec to Vermont, covered in thick forests. The Rivière Bella Bella wound between the mountains, a silver thread in the sunlight. And, so easy to overlook when faced with such grandeur, the modest little village of Three Pines lay in the valley. Armand was not hiding from view. But neither was he enjoying it. Instead, each morning the large man sat on the wooden bench, his head bent over a book. Reading. As she got closer, Clara Morrow saw Gamache do it again. He took off his half-moon reading glasses, then closed the book and slipped it into his pocket. There was a bookmark, but he never moved it. It remained where it was like a stone, marking a place near the end. A place he approached, but never reached. Armand didn’t snap the book shut. Instead he let it fall, with gravity, closed. With nothing, Clara noti
From the Publisher
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”
While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.
Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
About the Author
LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times
and Globe and Mail
bestselling author of nine previous 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.
“Ms. Penny’s books mix some classic elements of the police procedural with a deep-delving psychology, as well as a sorrowful sense of the precarious nature of human goodness, and the persistence of its opposite, even in rural Edens like Three Pines." — The New York Times "Again and again, Louise Penny''s Inspector Gamache series is Exhibit A for how to write a great crime novel, with each installment improving on the previous." —Sarah Weinman, National Post “A counterintuitive and absorbing mystery from a superb author." — USA Today "Penny, as always, creates a complex story about people dealing with complex emotional issues. And she does so with deeply drawn and ever-evolving characters, a sense of place that leaps from the pages and prose that invites multiple re-readings…A story that examines the making of art and the struggles of artists, The Long Way Home is itself a work of art, a novel that transcends genre, engages heart and mind and, like all of Penny’s work, leaves the reader awestruck by the depth of her skills and the decency of her spirit." —Richmond Times-Dispatch “Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption.” — The Charlotte Observer "As with all the author’s other titles, Penny wraps her mystery around the history and personality of the people involved. By this point in the s