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All the Devils Are Here (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 16) Paperback – June 29, 2021
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All the Devils Are Here, 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.
Praise for All the Devils Are Here
“Although Penny touches on a wide range of subjects in this expansive story, her main concern is with the sacrifices we make for those we love. Here, even the loving relationship between Gamache and his son, Daniel, is challenged. If you think about it, the underlying theme of all of Penny’s books is Honor Thy Family ― the one you were born with, the one you’ve acquired during your lifetime and the Family of Man.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Penny excels at capturing the inner life, whether it’s a criminal’s or a resentful child’s. Series novices and die-hard fans alike will be left breathless―and moved.”
―People Magazine (Book of the Week)
“Armand Gamache seems as much a spiritual warrior as a homicide detective… What stays with the reader are the tender passages, the human insights, the reminders of what makes life worth living.”
―Wall Street Journal
“You don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy the mystery (whose apt title refers to a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest: ‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here’), but knowing a bit about the characters’ backgrounds helps you follow the subtle tensions between them."
―AARP The Magazine
“Penny excels at creating a sense of place, and she brings Paris to life with scenes small (a favorite garden at the Rodin museum) and big (the top of the Eiffel Tower). We walk ― or, when necessary, run ― through the streets of Paris, taste lemon tarts and mourn the fire damage to Notre Dame.”
―St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Penny’s books are always a cause for celebration, and this one is superb in every regard.”
―Booklist (Top Review)
“Penny's series has always been about the complexities and sustaining glories of family, and here she takes that theme even further, revealing fissures in the Gamache clan, but also showing the resilience and love at its root. Series devotees will revel in both Penny's evocation of Paris―every bit as sumptuous as her rendering of Three Pines―and in the increased role she allots to librarian Reine-Marie, whose research skills are crucial to untying the Gordian knot at the mystery's core.”
“Exceptional… Penny’s nuanced exploration of the human spirit continues to distinguish this brilliant series.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred)
“As always, Penny's mystery is meticulously constructed and reveals hard truths about the hidden workings of the world―as well as the workings of the Gamache family. But there's plenty of local color, too, with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower to escape surveillance and a luxurious suite at the Hotel George V for good measure. If you're new to Penny's world, this would be a great place to jump in. Then go back and start the series from the beginning.”
―Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"The strengths of this latest procedural from the inimitable Penny will attract her longtime fans and also draw in new admirers. A deft touch with plotting, sensitive characterization, and the author’s warmth and humanity make this a must-have mystery, especially for collections owning the rest of series.”
―Library Journal (starred)
- Publisher : Minotaur (June 29, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250145244
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250145246
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.26 x 8.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean-Guy has a new job in an engineering firm, enjoying the perks and the lack of crime in his new life away from the police force in Quebec. Nearby live Daniel and Roslyn Gamache and their two daughters, and Armand and Reine-Marie have arrived to await the immenent birth of their newest grandchild. Another joyous reunion is expected between Armand's godfather, Stephen, who has also come to town.
Of course, not all is well. After a family meal they each are headed their separate ways, when a vehicle comes from nowhere and takes aim at the elderly Stephen, and mows him down. Armand insists this is an attempted homicide and works to convince his old friend Claude, the Perfect of Police for Paris, that an investigation is needed.
Nothing is as it seems. Stephen has been in Paris far longer than he admitted. He is not staying in his apartment, but in a luxury hotel. Who was he trying to contact, and why was he targeted. When Armand and Reine-Marie investigate the hotel room, they are even more confused, but Stephen's apartment tells them that this was no hit and run.
Soon there is a web of deceit and intrigue involving Stephen, Daniel, the prefect, and the company where Jean-Guy works. This gets very hard to follow.
A plus in this book is the degree to which Reine-Marie gets involved in the investigation. Added to her researching skills is the help she receives from other researchers - librarians. I liked this touch. We librarians really do know our stuff.
A minus for me was the mysterious "all access" card created by Stephen and given only to a very select group - of course Armand has this card. The card seems to be a simple business card with nothing more than Stephen's name and the handwritten initials JSPS. No amount of explanation convinces me that anyone handed this card would immediately drop everything to get you whatever you needed. This opens locked doors, tells people to give you passwords, bank account information and more. I'm sorry, others need to be privy to this and it is described as so secret that I would not expect so many people to understand.
Other than this, and the confusing nature of the crime, I enjoyed this most recent Armand Gamache book.
Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie are in Paris for the birth of their fourth grandchild. His son-in-law and former No. 2 Jean-Guy Beauvoir and the Gamaches’ daughter Anny are having their second child, and the birth is imminent. Jean-Guy is working for a large and globally known engineering firm. Their son Daniel Gamache and his wife Roslyn have lived in Paris for some years and have two daughters. Daniel works in investment banking.
In the previous 15 Gamache novels by Louise Penny, we don’t really know much about Daniel and his family. In “All the Devils Are Here,” we find out why. Daniel and his father are estranged and have been since Daniel was a boy. Gamache has never understood what happened between them. Paris holds other attractions; it’s the city where Armand proposed to Reine-Marie, and it’s the city where Armand’s godfather, 93-year-old Stephen Horowitz, lived for many years and where he still maintains an apartment.
Stephen joins the Gamache family for dinner one Friday night. As they leave the restaurant, Stephen is critically injured by a hit-and-run truck. Gamache suspects the attack was deliberate. When the body of a 75-year-old engineer, also from Montreal, is found in Stephen’s apartment, killed with what was likely a military weapon, Gamache knows that something bad is happening. Over the next three days, the chief inspector and his family will face mystery, danger, and peril. Someone is desperate to find something that Stephen had, something he was apparently preparing to take to a board meeting of the engineering firm where Jean-guy works.
“All the Devils Are Here” maintains the core characters – Gamache and Jean-Guy – of the previous novels. It also retains the feel and distinct characteristics of the series – a high-level conspiracy, a story that peels like an onion (often including the smell and the tears), and the dogged determination of the inherently decent Gamache. What’s different, other than the setting and the absence of the regular village residents, is how much we learn about Gamache’s family and his own personal history.
It’s a big story, wonderfully told by a master storyteller.
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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.