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The Madness of Crowds

#17 Gamache

Louise Penny

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Hodder & Stoughton
01 September 2021
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The incredible new book in Louise Penny's #1 bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series.

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is asked to provide crowd control at a statistics lecture given at the Universite de l'Estrie in Quebec, he is dubious. Why ask the head of homicide to provide security for what sounds like a minor, even mundane lecture?

But dangerous ideas about who deserves to live in order for society to thrive are rapidly gaining popularity, fuelled by the research of the eminent Professor Abigail Robinson. Yet for every person seduced by her theories there is another who is horrified by them. When a murder is committed days after the lecture, it's clear that within crowds can lie madness.

To uncover the truth, Gamache must put his own feelings about the divisive Professor to one side. But with her ideas gaining ground, the line separating good and evil, right and wrong, is quickly blurring - especially when the case leads unexpectedly close to home ...


'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA 'She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES 'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' THE NEW YORK TIMES 'Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery' DAILY EXPRESS 'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' WASHINGTON POST 'No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny.' ELLY GRIFFITHS 'An absolute joy' IRISH TIMES
By:   Louise Penny
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9781529379396
ISBN 10:   1529379393
Series:   Chief Inspector Gamache
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   01 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.

Reviews for The Madness of Crowds (#17 Gamache)

Penny is on peak form... The Madness of Crowds is a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice - there's no peace without courage - and how to find and defend that spot between freedom and safety * The Times * This is a book of great ideas and wonderful characters * On Magazine * Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times -- Denise Mina She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes * The Times * Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium * New York Times * No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny . . . a fantastic series -- Elly Griffiths Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both -- Peter James A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings -- Ann Cleeves It's always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache -- James Patterson [An] atmospheric, distinctive series -- Kate Mosse Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with * Metro * Penny is an absolute joy * Irish Times *

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