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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Book 16) Kindle Edition
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The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.
A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.
Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
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- ASIN : B0841FHN4C
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (September 1, 2020)
- Publication date : September 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5161 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 458 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,754 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Raine-Marie have come from Canada to Paris for the birth of a new grandchild. After a celebratory dinner with their two children, spouses, and Armand’s billionaire godfather, Stephen Horowitz, Stephen is deliberately struck by a vehicle and now lies in a coma. A grim discovery at his apartment prompts an investigation and the uncovering of family secrets leaving Armand to determine just who can be trusted.
Paris is not a city about which one can be objective. It is a city that enthralls from the moment one arrives and, even if one never has the chance to return, it lives within one forever. Penny has captured perfectly that sense of having found the city of one's soul and portrays it perfectly. Even the hardcover book’s glorious end sheets, designed by MaryAnna Coleman, draw one into the beauty of Paris. Opening with lines from Shakespeare's "Tempest" is the perfect balance to the City of Light with a history of darkness.
Although not an issue for new readers, series readers may have a sense of being a stranger in a strange land having the story set outside the usual environs of Canada and Three Pines. This was an effective decision as it is echoed by Gamache having the same sense of not knowing who to believe, who to trust. It illustrates the duplicity of people and is effective in heightening the suspense and tension. The connections made back to Three Pines and the Sûreté du Québec are nicely done.
The mystery is well-plotted as it grows upon itself and is delightfully complex taking one down unexpected roads. Yet, more than a mystery, this is a story of relationships, and with that comes wisdom.
Penny employs her characters wisely. Involving family members as part of an investigation can be risky. However, in this case, no one is superfluous; neither are any of their roles forced or out of character. Each has skills that contribute, and each is humanly imperfect with weaknesses and foibles. In other words, they are real. Even the use of an unseen, yet critical, character is wonderfully done. The theme of abandonment, which appears in various ways through Penny’s books, is heartfelt and recognizable to so many.
Penny's ability to place the reader within the story is second to none. Sitting in the hospital, awaiting news of a loved one, you feel, hear, and smell the starkness and desperation of those who are there, and the unwillingness to give up hope. Her use of dialogue is evocative. The banter between Jean-Guy and Armand is always something one anticipates and enjoys, but this was lovely as well--"Please, Dad," Daniel now said. "Tell me you were a commando." "Better." His father leaned closer and dropping his voice further. "I taught commandos."
When reading Penny, there are always lines that make one stop and consider, small lessons to be learned--"It had taken Beauvoir years to see the power of pausing. And of patience. Of taking a breath to consider all options, all angles, and not simply acting on the most obvious." She teaches one the value of seeing not only what is there, but what is not; what is real, and what is facade, and that--"People believe what they want to believe. Beginning with their own lies." "Hell is the truth seen too late," said Reine-Marie."
“All the Devils are Here” is Penny’s best book to date. It is complex, suspenseful, and emotional with a small touch of the paranormal. It has a cracking good, twisty plot--you don't see where it is going--and an excellent ending. Most of all, it demonstrates Penny’s continuing growth as an author and, I suspect, as a person. And isn’t that the goal of us all?
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE (PolProc-C.I. Armand Gamache-Paris-Contemp) - Ex
Penny, Louise – 16th in series
Minotaur Books, Sept 2020
Gamache needs to be back in Quebec and, even better, Three Pines. The schmaltzy simplicity of these characters does not bring one to believe they’re a family that can solve international art and corporate crimes - while they’re just visiting the city for the birth of a grandchild. The main character’s sanctimony and his wife’s undying sweet adoration, placed in the city of Paris where of course he proposed to her so many years ago - would be great in a soap opera or weekly tv detective family drama. But hours of reading (listening) left me screaming “Please just end it!” Gamache’s drama needs to come to an end. Let’s get some fresh blood back in Three Pines.
This was an exciting story, an interesting story, and as it was unfolding I kept thinking, how did Ms. Penny think this up?
Great fun, great story, and must read for fans of this series. I guess you could start here if you haven’t read the series, but I’m not sure it would be as appreciated. If you haven’t read any in this series, go back and read it. Starts with Still Life. You will thank me for the suggestion.
This one worked. It wasn't quite as overdone as past books in the series. The technical and financial details were implausible, and it still featured some conspiracy, so I can't give full marks and feel a little like I need to shower after reading it. But compared to past books, it's still an improvement.
Three Pines barely featured, but at this point that might be a feature rather than a bug. While one misses the characters, it strains suspension of disbelief too much to believe that these people can have really experienced *that* many murders.
More like this, please. Ideally, I wish Louise Penny tried to write a mystery with a completely different set of protagonists (like Lucy Maud Montgomery branching out from her Anne series), because I feel like with reliable readers less effort is put into these Gamache books than the original ones and a lot of the nice gags have already been done. But that is probably hoping for too much, so instead I'd like to hope for a standard murder mystery where 1 or 2 people max has committed a crime. As the number of people involved in a conspiracy increases, the chance it's really been kept secret is lowered.
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Since Amazon allowed me to purchase it without pointing out that I already had it, I can only imagine the publisher has re-issued the book with minor changes?
I've spoken to Customer Services, who are going to remove the book and refund the money. I'm now going to try to find a web page for Louise Penny and find out how this has happened!
However the holiday is interrupted by a hit and run on Gamache’s godfather, the man who helped raise him after his parents’ death.
Thereafter the book is a race to find out what it was Stephen had discovered that made him a target for murder. And to work out who they can trust and who would like them dead.
I missed Three Pines but did enjoy the change of scenery – the sights and sounds and smells of Paris were beautifully described. Also liked the way Reine-Marie was involved the investigation (the perfume scenes were actually quite funny). There was also the chance to delve a bit more into Gamache’s background which I rather enjoyed.
Any negatives? Well when the case started I was hoping for a more domestic drama this time, rather than a world-wide conspiracy, but that is just a personal preference on my part. One of my favourite detective series.
She has an extraordinary gift of tackling the most horrific storylines with goodness.
This is a convoluted, complex book touching on the depths humanity can fall into but her very human heroes are on the side of the angels. If I comment on some of the aspects I thought were particularly good, they would become spoilers, so I will try to avoid this by saying that, at the heart of it, it was a delight to see the Gamache family together with all their faults, foibles and gifts.
The only, slightly critical comment I would like to make - and this is not a spoiler - is that occasionally the grammar and punctuation had me flummoxed at times. I think the proof reading needs to be addressed. However, though it added a (very) few minutes to the reading, nothing could spoil this book. A real triumph.
The final point is not the book but Kindle. I really missed the facility on Kindle which allows the reader to check up on the characters. In a book as complex as this one - and with the price of it too - we should be able to highlight a name and refresh the memory. So the book gets 5 stars, but Kindle, this time gets only 3 stars!
Thank you to Louise Penny for facing her fears and returning to Paris.
The first read, I want to know the story, what’s happening, to quickly devour and roll on through the twists and turns, to know what is happening to my friends, to get to the always satisfying end.
Then I read again, or maybe listen to the audio version, to appreciate more slowly the evocation of place, the creation of characters, the uncovering of evil that is always at the heart of these books.
Thanks again to Louise, she has once again produced a novel that filled my day, took me, not this time to Three Pines, but to a city she so obviously loves, to Paris. If this strange time ever allows I hope to discover for myself the places that come alive so vividly.
An excoriating, many-layered blast at C21st global power structures and the evil done in greedy, materialistic pursuit of power.