The Madness of Crowds (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #17)

The Madness of Crowds (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #17)

by Louise Penny
The Madness of Crowds (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #17)

The Madness of Crowds (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #17)

by Louise Penny

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If you are a fan of Louise Penny, THIS is your bumper crop year! In October, we’ll get State of Terror, co-written with Hillary Rodham Clinton. But BEFORE October, we’ll get the latest in Penny’s beloved Chief Inspector Gamache title The Madness of Crowds. We assure you, once you allow yourself to be seduced by the village of Three Pines and all its residents, including Gamache, you’ll never want to leave. Drama, mystery, paths that lead to a brilliant conclusion AND to your heart are Penny’s magic super powers.

This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes special B&N-exclusive content including a Q&A with Louise Penny about writing The Madness of Crowds during the pandemic; an essay from David Rotstein, Creative Art Director, on designing the stunning Madness of Crowds cover; as well as an article about the "real-life" Hadley House, which is the setting for several scenes in the book.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250840899
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Series , #17
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 116,714
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

About The Author
LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, 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 (seven 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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