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Louise Penny gets better with every book, and this is a fine addition to the series. During remodeling at the Bistro in Three Pines, a puzzling old map is found. Given to Armand Gamache who, after his retirement from the Quebec provincial police force, has been called back into service as the Headmaster of the training school for the Surete officers. As he is trying to root out the deep corruption there, one of the suspects is found murdered, a copy of the old map in his possession. It is up to Gamache to follow both trails to find the cnnection, risking both his reputation and his life.— From Deb's Picks
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"A Great Reckoning succeeds on every level."
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.
When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Surete du Quebec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.
And there he finds four young cadets in the Surete academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.
Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protegee of the murdered professor.
The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.
For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.