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The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Book 17) Kindle Edition
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel
You’re 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 Québec 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.
He’s 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 Sûreté du Québec 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 Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s 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, ça 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.
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|Don’t miss other epic reads from Louise Penny||“Series novices and die-hard fans alike will be left breathless—and moved.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)||"Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime." —Publishers Weekly, starred review||“Another intricately plotted escapist mystery from Louise Penny.”—PopSugar||“It takes nerve and skill—as well as heart—to write mysteries like this.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post|
Praise for The Madness of Crowds"This series has always excelled... This new novel grapples successfully with the moral weight of its narrative... 'All Will Be Well' never sounded so menacing."
--The New York Times Book Review Intelligent and emotionally powerful."
--Wall Street Journal "The best mysteries and thrillers rise to the level of social novels, presenting readers opportunities to confront the difficult issues we face. Penny's novels have always been driven by this (as well as the love of family and friends). The Madness of Crowds may be one of Penny's darkest works, but we can still find comfort in the natural beauty of Three Pines and the quirky residents we would love to have as our neighbors."
--Washington Post "Timely and thrilling... faithful readers know that one of Penny's books is less a single-serving crime tale than a full spread of fiction. The mystery may be the main course, but the side dishes -- the food for thought, and the food at the Bistro; the people and their lives and, yes, loves; and certainly the setting itself -- combine to create a full banquet for readers, one liberally seasoned with dry humor. The Madness of Crowds is one of the richest and most satisfying banquets yet."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The mystery part of the books is always compelling and provides narrative drive, but Penny's books are so rich because she provides real food for thought and gives those thoughts emotional grounding... another brilliant entry."
--Mystery Scene Magazine "Louise Penny, who in her seventeenth installment in the beloved Armand Gamache series, has tackled COVID and its consequences head-on. The book describes how everyday life in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines has changed while also exploring the threat of a statistician who is using the pandemic data as ammunition for a eugenics program. Plus one for the Canadians."
--CrimeReads "Penny's optimism about the future shines brightly through Gamache's family and Three Pines, and hopefully will shine into your heart as well."
--BookTrib "It's easily one of the best mystery novels (or novels of any genre) in recent memory."
--BookPage (Starred Review) "Provocative... brilliant... Seamlessly integrating debates about scientific experimentation and morality into a fair-play puzzle, Penny excels at placing her characters in challenging ethical quandaries. This author just goes from strength to strength."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Always a master plotter, Penny brilliantly combines this main story line with a profusion of subplots that bring together multiple interconnected themes, all raising thought-provoking questions about ethics and human relationships in a post-COVID world. Gamache's longtime belief in our common humanity is severely tested here, but, finally, it is that belief and the actions deriving from it that seem to offer the only balm for our lingering bruises."
--Booklist (Starred Review) "This book has layers within layers: good versus evil; our duty to the weak; the nature of power; the fact that good people are not always likable, and likable people are not always good. Highly recommended..."
--Library Journal (Starred Review) "With The Madness of Crowds, [Penny] is one of the first crime fiction authors to tackle the pandemic and its aftermath head-on and in doing so becomes almost a literary Oracle at Delphi, mapping out both the rewards and the pitfalls facing society after such an unprecedented and seismic pandemic. In the end, The Madness of Crowds stands as one of the best novels in Louise Penny's excellent, and now iconic, series."
--BOLO Books --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08R2JZJM6
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (August 24, 2021)
- Publication date : August 24, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 7946 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 440 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1529379385
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m deeply sorry for whatever Author Louise Penny has suffered during ~two years of pandemic and social strife, but she *need not take it out on her readers*. I’ve tremendously enjoyed this series until now, and always look forward to Three Pines and Ruth escapism.
This book has no element of escapism. Horrible, awful reality and we’ve all had more than enough of it.
Only buy this book if you wish to become depressed and upset.
Instead of the usual cozy Three Pines feel and diverse but cohesive cast we got a train wreck with a bunch of superfluous characters and subplots seemimgly included for Ms. Penny's political platform. Yep, this book felt like nothing more than Penny flexing her obviously liberal chops. She uses multiple characters, including Gamache himself, to project her politics and parade her social justice mantras.
I wish I had known about her close friendship with the Clintons--and admiration of same--and the "co-authored" book before purchasing this drivel. Ms. Penny, leave your politics out of my fiction. You do realize you just alienated half of the US population, right? Not that she cares, I get it.
Her inclusion of the totally superfluous Hero of Sudan character was just a ploy to take a dig at President Trump (as were other elements of this pseudo-novel), probably a nod to her pal HRC. (Ironically, the dig was based on the usual fake news so the joke is on Penny.) This was nothing more than a political outpouring disguised as fiction; Penny included every platform pet project including the kitchen sink. It was dizzying at times trying to sort out the relevant plot from all the background noise.
And the writing, which was subpar, included so much chatter and repetitive nonsense that I could only stomach a chapter at a time. The three main investigators have the same conversation over and over to the point they're like cats chasing their tails. (That would have actually been more interesting.) I have a rule that I must finish what I start and almost broke that rule for only the second or third time.
Farewell, Ms. Penny. It's a shame you had to go woke and ruin a wonderful series.
“The Madness of Crowds” is the 17th book in a series by author, Louise Penny. It features Chief Inspector & Head of Homicide, Armand Gamache. Altho’ number 17, it’s a stand alone novel. If you’ve read nothing else from this series, you’ll still enjoy this title. For those who have read some or all of the series, you’ll be glad the action has returned to 3 Pines Village, Quebec.
Three Pines might be a sleepy village but for this storyline it’s a hotbed of contemporary political activity and mayhem. Gamache is assigned to provide policing duties at the University while 2 high profile speakers make appearances. One is a renowned statistician with the key for financial recovery from the pandemic. Only one problem - the key is morally questionable for many. The second speaker is a Nobel Prize candidate from Sudan. High ranking political & educational figures complicate life or…
In true L. Penny Style, the characters are impressive by accomplishment standards but irritating beyond belief. The story is complex, multi layered and quite possibly will make you uncomfortable. With the Delta Variant being such an issue world wide and so much political upheaval here in the USA, it was hard at times.
On a mechanical basis, Penny is getting ridiculous with her use of prepositional phrases and fragments being used as sentences. I can see that happening occasionally for dramatic effect or emotional emphasis but not for hundreds or thousands of times in a 400+ page novel. This is becoming yet another affect that writers are using, like the HORRENDOUS failure to use quotes to designate dialogue. ARGH!!!
Part of the brilliance of this book is the fine line between fact & fiction. It will also test your ability to reason right and wrong and has that changed in a post pandemic world. We get the benefit of experiencing it along with Gamache who has his job, country, family and himself to consider all while considering “The Madness of Crowds”📚
Fiction, Fiction, Fiction August 2021 #25
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Summaries outline the scenario, which I'll not repeat. It was an inspired device to set the book post pandemic; a time we're all looking forward to. It looks back on the suffering and errors of what we've experienced, and forward to what might be considered if/when it comes again via the inhumane recommendations of a statistician with a personal history of moral judgements relating to the current situation.
The novel probably stands alone but I strongly recommend starting at number one. Bring on number 18!
Penny's books are expensive and I know that I've said before . "No more" but I mean it this time!
An almost complete lack of the atmosphere in the Bistro. Olivier and Gabri also.
It’s a book that mixes eugenics, mercy killings and torture, and raises the question what are we prepared to overlook if everyone else is overlooking it too?
It’s not quite as dour as I’ve made it sound (thanks largely to all the lovely descriptions of a Christmas customs, scenery and food in Three Pines), although it does take a while to get going. There is a murder which needs to be solved but it almost felt as if the author had dropped the murder in because it was expected in a detective novel and she was really more interested in exploring some of the moral dilemmas that our choices force on us.
I did find it an interesting book that raised some uncomfortable questions but I’m not sure I’d have read another book in the series if this was my first introduction to Gamache.
I have read all her Three Pines novels, love the characteres, and await each new one with anticipation = never to be disappointed.