The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Large Print - 2015
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Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Su^rete´ du Que´bec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410480576
Characteristics: 381 pages ;,23 cm


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The winds of change are freshening in Three Pines. Armand Gamache, former chief inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, now retired to the idyllic village north of Montreal, is starting to feel twitchy, pondering the next stage in his life. But even as the future signals change, the past is calling fo... Read More »

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Feb 09, 2019

What a disappointment. All the characters seem phoney. The Inspector has achieved sainthood and wizardry on par with Albus Dumbledore. I loved many of the author's other works.

Nov 27, 2017

Another winner from Penny! One of my favorite parts of her novels is the way every one of them has a basis in reality--inspires us readers to research them after we're done, or while we're reading. Of course, I also love the descriptions of the food they are eating, and quite often read them aloud to my husband.
With pesky Peter finally out of the way (never did like him), folks in Three Pines are trying to get back to 'normal' in their little town, but of course that's a difficult order to fill there. An imaginative boy who's worn out the townsfolk with his wild ramblings finally fulfills the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" story. Of course, this time, his story is true although no one takes him seriously until his body is found. Penny brings her regular cast together, and along with the homicide detectives from the city (Gamache's former protégées) there are local police who came through the academy during the corrupted times, 2 intelligence service operatives who work double time to distract anyone from their real abilities and work, a retired professor with an unusual interest in WsMD, and a draft dodger...or is he?

Oct 18, 2017

I've only read a couple of other novels in this series, but this one wasn't as believable. It's interesting to read in the afterward that it was based on a true story.

Aug 23, 2017

This is my second of the series (by accident) and I'm done for good. This author's obsession with the prep and presentation of chi chi trendy food (especially apples) is absurd and irrelevant. The continuity slips too often. The characters are all over done boilerplates - e.g. top of their field of some highfalutin academic arena or a world renown artist or just plain stereotypical like the gay couple who run the B&B. These novels are the Harlequin of mysteries. Formulaic and boring.

Jul 14, 2017

Based on a weak premise that a 30 year year old weapon would have any value to anyone. Still, I like the characters. Least favourite of this series.

rb3221 Jun 17, 2017

Based on real events of international terrorism, arms dealers and Gerald Bulls' super gun, Penny takes us on and incredible and dark journey in a complex plot with many new characters and all the usual characters from Three Pines. Armand Gamache is retired but still takes on a lead role with Isabelle Lacoste and Jean-Guy Beauvoir.
Not my favorite Penny novel but still very good and recommended. A very good pace with lots of suspense especially near the end.

Excellent plot challenging us to think about the limits of technology and the depths to which governments will go to protect citizens from dangerous knowledge. Her well know characters fit snuggly into the plot line always fresh and maturing. Yet the reader does not have to have read a lot of the previous novels to understand where each one is coming from. Louse Penny is an author whose books will stand the test of time. She deserves her brilliant reputation.
I was especially amazed to read in the 'afterward' that parts of this story are historically true.

Mar 22, 2017

A bit of a slog. Tedious at times. I put it down to go on the net and read up on the real story. Only way to envision the beast. The book was well edited, for a change!

Lori_71 Nov 25, 2016

I discovered this series after reading Beautiful Mystery and ever since have been hooked on Louise Penny. Her characters are written with so much care and the plots are riveting. I especially liked Nature of the Beast. There were so many elements woven together brilliantly.

Oct 10, 2016

This book was a bit slow going, and it took me a long time to connect with the author's cadence of storytelling. This was the first book I read in the Armand Gamache series, and that might be part of the reason I felt it was slow at parts. The premise was definitely more interesting than I anticipated, and I am glad I kept reading, but I am unsure if I would go back and read the series.

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