The Brutal Telling (An Armand Gamache Novel)
by Louise Penny
Cover Artist: Photo: M. Gibson/Robertstock
Review by Lynne LeGrow
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312377038
Date: 22 September 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
It seems so unfair that the reddest, juiciest apples are oftentimes the ones in which a worm is concealed. The picture perfect, idyllic town of Three Pines proves this true when a stranger's body is found in the town's bistro on the village green. From official release/information:
Product Description: Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.
No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?
As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures� from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in it�lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
(Source: Minotaur Books)