The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 17)

The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 17) by Louise Penny 1250145260 9781250145260
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Pennys latest spellbinding novel

Youre a coward.

Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

It starts innocently enough.

While the residents of the Qubec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

Hes asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sret du Qubec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinsons views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused its near impossible to tell them apart.

Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, a va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

And the madness of crowds.

Author: Louise Penny

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 448

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 2021-08-24

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4 of 5 The Madness of Crowds November 17, 2022
Reviewer: Cheryl Fallis from Arkansas  
All Inspector Gamache fans will enjoy this book.  And the price for an excellent copy was so good compared to the new price!  Like some of her earlier books about corruption in the police force, this one was hard to read because people are so evil and that is hard to accept.  And as is often the case, there were twists I hadn't expected.

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