The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 22, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing

I was a little disappointed by this fifth book. It seemed a little disjointed and certainly ended abruptly. The ending was surprising and shocking but seemed to come about too quickly. I hope this case is not done. Read full review

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Another great Louise Penny book. Chief Inspector Gamache books are always engrossing. Great character development helps immensely. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
6
CHAPTER THREE
22
CHAPTER FOUR
28
CHAPTER FIVE
34
CHAPTER SIX
42
CHAPTER SEVEN
52
CHAPTER EIGHT
60
CHAPTER TWENTY
188
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
193
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
202
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
214
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
226
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
235
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
247
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
258

CHAPTER NINE
68
CHAPTER TEN
76
CHAPTER ELEVEN
84
CHAPTER TWELVE
91
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
106
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
123
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
133
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
139
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
150
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
167
CHAPTER NINETEEN
178
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
263
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
269
CHAPTER THIRTY
282
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
289
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
307
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
316
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
327
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
337
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
348
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
356
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About the author (2009)

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 to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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