A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise PennyA Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

byLouise Penny

Hardcover | August 27, 2019

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"'A Better Man,' with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre." -Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions." -Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel., he resumes the search.

As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next novel in this "constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves" (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

What would you do if your child's killer walked free?

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels (Still Life, A Fatal Grace, and The Cruelest Month). She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, s...
Title:A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:448 pages, 9.58 × 6.62 × 1.43 inShipping dimensions:9.58 × 6.62 × 1.43 inPublished:August 27, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250066212

ISBN - 13:9781250066213


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Gamache book is fantastic read! A Better Man is the newly released fifteenth entry in Louise Penny's absolutely wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache series. A Better Man picks up where the last book left us - Gamache has been removed as Head of the Sûreté du Quebec. The higher ups offered him the position of head of the homicide department, working under his former second in command. They hoped he would not take the position, but he won't give them that satisfaction and takes the job. The case of a missing woman is the first case that Gamache takes on - as a favour to another agent......and it seems there is indeed more to the case. At the same time, devastating floods are threatening the province. And Gamache is facing harsh criticism online and in house from both the public and co-workers. Oh, what's not to love about Louise Penny's books. Gamache is one of the most well drawn characters I've ever read. His quiet intelligence, calm manner, strength of character and unerring moral compass have endeared him to me. The challenges he faces in The Better Man had me wondering what the outcome would be. The supporting (and recurring) cast feel like old friends. Well, mostly. There are those in the Sûreté that have their own agendas. But, I am always happy to reconnect with the residents of the village of Three Pines. The villagers are people you would like to know in real life - even Ruth the poet and her duck. And who wouldn't want to live in this picturesque, off the map village? ( I do!) Penny's plotting is just as well done. The cases are believable and engaging and take inspiration from current headlines. Judging and sentencing through social media, the reality of flooding in Quebec and the nature of the crime against the missing woman. Nuanced and a joy to read alongside Gamache as he endeavors to solve the whodunit. The question 'how would you feel…' is used more than once as the search for answers continues. I love the continuity and am very much looking forward to the next entry in this series. There are imminent changes hinted at. I hope they don't transpire, but we shall see. And if you've not read Penny before, do yourself a favor and start with the first book (Still Life)
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I’ve always enjoyed Inspector Gamache stories and the characters of Three Pines.I had looked forward to reading this novel but found it to be mostly narrative ,somewhat confusing in who said what ,and the plot was pretty boring.There was no suspense or interesting plot line .The culprit was figured out quite quickly and the theme of emotions between the two leading detectives wasn’t very interesting. It’s a fluff book with no substance.It actually made me anxious when reading it because I was trying to read faster to get to some interesting reading in each chapter. Maybe she’s writing with only the money and quick production of her next novel such as this newest one
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story and characters. Disappointed in villain Great characters and pretty good story. But I was so disappointed in the villain. Thought it was too easy for the author- a cop out. Told myself when I feared I was right about 'who dunnit' - "if it’s person X, I’m done. I won’t read Louise Penny anymore." So this might be it for me. I do love the characters, though, so might give her one more try. Recommend but with huge reservations about villain.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good mystert Having read all the previous books in Louise Penny's series featuring Armand Gamache, I was anxious to read this latest instalment of the series, Three Pines, the Quebec village in which Gamache and his wife reside, is threatened by serious flooding and Gamache, who was demoted after events in the previous book in this series, is suffering serious online criticism. Plus his colleague and son in law Jean-Guy is soon leaving the surete for a corporate job in Paris, taking Amand's daughter Annie (who is pregnant) and their son Honore away with him. And a young woman, Vivienne, has been found murdered ... This book contains a lot of intrigue and the usual characters in this series, but personally I found this installment a bit tedious in places. Not the best in this series, but a good read none the less.
Date published: 2019-09-17

Editorial Reviews

Advance Praise for A Better Man"Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions." -Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review"With an uncompromising eye, Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"The appeal of this series and especially of Gamache himself has always been Penny's ability to show her hero moving from the tangible, brutal facts of murder to the emotions within, the stories in the blood. There are multiple stories, often contradictory, to be found in the many-tentacled web of human tragedy and suffering that Gamache teases to the surface in this moving exploration of ties that both bind and destroy." -Booklist, starred review"This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall." -Library Journal (starred review)"Louise Penny's latest offers suspense galore, well-drawn characters. and some of the finest prose to grace the suspense genre." -BookPage"[An] impeccably plotted character-driven mystery." -Lit HubPraise for Kingdom of the BlindINSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA December 2018 Indie Next PickOne of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018 PicksBookPage Best of the Year 2018 A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018A LibraryReads Hall of Fame WinnerWashington Post's 10 Books to Read This NovemberOne of PopSugar's Best Fall Books to Curl Up WithOne of Publishers Weekly Booksellers' Favorite 25 Titles of the Year in 2018"A captivating, wintry whodunit." -PEOPLE"A constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves." -Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review"A spellbinder . . . another outstanding Gamache adventure. ingenious . . . what more could a mystery reader - or any reader for that matter - want?"-Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post"Penny pulls together an insightful plot that weaves in family feuds, clandestine investigations, undercover cops and a loving look at Three Pines." -Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel"Louise Penny's novels are unique for how seamlessly they straddle the line between charmingly small-town mysteries and big-city police procedurals . . . It's not to be missed!" -BookPage (Top Pick)"Brain-teasing puzzles, life-and-death stakes and lots of Three Pines, a magical place where the warmth in the villagers' hearts thaws the ice on their eyelashes."-St. Louis Post Dispatch"Complex ongoing saga. Wait anxiously for the next installment."-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Penny does a splendid job of interweaving those three main plot lines, studding them with several life-threatening scenes that had me holding my breath, and building to a wild finale."-Tampa Bay Tribune"Nimble sleight-of-hand plotting, strong characters, profound compassion and luminous prose are hallmarks of Penny's novels. Although darker than previous books, this new entry is no exception."-Seattle Times"Another intricately plotted escapist mystery from Louise Penny."-PopSugar"Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future."-Booklist (Starred Review)"Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page." -Library Journal (Starred Review)"Penny reveals a deeper vulnerability in the introspective Gamache. The ending is adrenaline-filled....This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander." -Kirkus Reviews"I thoroughly enjoyed Kingdom of the Blind. It's always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache and his latest investigation is one of my favorites." -James Patterson