The Nature Of The Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise PennyThe Nature Of The Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

The Nature Of The Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

byLouise Penny

Paperback | July 26, 2016

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The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.

A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions ...
Title:The Nature Of The Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.31 × 5.45 × 1.08 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:125002210X

ISBN - 13:9781250022103

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from How I fell in love... This was the very first Penny book I had purchased. I was looking for Canadian content, Canadian author, something that would hold my attention. I could not put the book down and when I did I promptly started buying her books (but in the right order this time!). Now I have a hard time reading anything else. Her writing is beautiful. I've even felt that Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reicht are inferior.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book The story is good but the characters are weak. I did not find this novel as good as the previous one. I prefer reading about Gamache being in charge with full authority. I found most of the usual inspector characters as well as Gamache diminished. This said the book is still worth reading.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to form Another page turner by Louise Penny. I was up half the night finishing the book because I just had to find out what happened. Can't wait to see what happens next for these wonderful characters in Three Pines.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the story, the characters, the descriptions. This was my favourite of the series. It had me googling several times. Loved the historical fiction in this one. It was the best page turned I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read Keeps the reader captivated to the end! The familiar characters evolve in every book. It's like visiting with good friends.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nature of the Beast This is the first Inspector Gamache work to be based on actual historical events. I found the embellished story fascinating, if sometimes hard to follow within the Three Pines context. So many new changes by the end of this novel, leading me to look forward to the next book. AND, I am left with the question....what IS next for Inspector Gamache?
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Louise Penny to date, a real cracker!! As I said of the title - this is the best book of Louise penny's that I have read. I had to sit up late to finish it -I could not leave my self in suspense to learn the final denoument!!
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another wonderful book from Louise Penny she just gets better and better..can't wait for the next one
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing-Fascinating Louise Penny's turn of phrase is exhilarating. The story line is intricate and memorizing. She draws you in slowly and suddenly you can't let go of the characters - what will happen next.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll be staying up late reading I couldn't wait for this book to come out but I didn't want to start it because I knew once I did I wouldn't be able to put it down. Louise Penny has the wonderful ability to draw you in, you experience not read this book. Just like a great movie you are sad when you turn the last page. Time to start over and read the entire series all over again.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating What a novel. I ve been reading since I was 4 years old ; never I ve I loved a novel like this . From the beginning to the end it captivates you like no other. The best of Inspector Gamache yet.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A page turner. Wish it didn't end. Love all the characters and ploy twists. Louise penny is a master again
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Louise Penny has done it again! Another incredibly powerful tale. She really knows how to portray and imply evil. The quirky folks of Three Pines are as endearing as ever.
Date published: 2015-08-28

Editorial Reviews

"Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit." -People"Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency. Sometimes the stakes are personal: a marriage, a character's sanity. Sometimes the threat is to the village, a culture or even to the province of Quebec. This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide, and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines." -Salem Macknee, The News & Observer"[M]agical....[T]he perfect reminder of the dark side of human nature, but that side does not always win out. Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper-and often ugly-layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) on THE NATURE OF THE BEAST"A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny's fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines." -Library Journal, (starred) on THE NATURE OF THE BEAST"Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar [The Nature of the Beast] will delight in [her] continued complex fleshing out of characters they have come to love." -Publishers Weekly (starred)"[A] compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale." -Booklist on NATURE OF THE BEAST