The Long Way Home
ISBN: 0345538412
EAN13: 9780345538413
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 29, 2013
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.26" H x 6.77" L x 4.17" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound


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A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Louise Penny's The Long Way Home is an intriguing Chief Inspector Gamache Novel.

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the S ret du Qu bec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. There is a balm in Gilead, his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, to make the wounded whole.

While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. There's power enough in Heaven, he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, to cure a sin-sick soul. And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Qu bec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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   The characters are old friends of mine and I love them, but
I am a big Louise Penney fan and gave it three stars out of loyalty but, if this were the first novel about Inspector Gamache, it would be my last. The author did not use set phrases or paragraphs that seem to have been copied and pasted from previous books for her descriptions and dialogue, but that was not true in this book. Sometimes he grunted three or four times a page. The characters are old friends of mine, but the story is not interesting or coherent. I bought it but am not sure about the future of the series. The editors should have picked them up. The series is doomed to be a fanciful weak story line if Gamache doesn't return to work.
   The Books No Longer Make Sense.
I liked the first books, but the later books have become more unbelievable and incoherent. The plot lines of the Three Pines community have become bizarre and unrealistic. Some characters have been made into caricatures. The ends are pulled together in bizarre and preposterous fashion after following the stories. I am leaving the land God gave to Cain and moving on. The series has become a time waster despite the many elements that I enjoyed. It's time to say goodbye to monks, artists, and evil police conspiracies. I will not be able to find the decent people of Three Pines.
   Oh my, this was aggravating to read. **Spoilers**
It was very sad. I wanted to write a review after I read it, but I was too angry to do it. I found the first two or three books to be quite interesting, so I read this one. It's bad, but not what I consider good story telling. Filled with weird b.s. At the end, when I was rolling my eyes, I yelled at Clara don't go you moron! Don't let her go to Myrna! The consequences were so grave because Myrna and Clara had left. There was no acknowledgement of the guilt that had been flying around the book up to this point. I could be that way. I cannot recommend this book.
   Gamache tries to retire
I started slowly. I didn't like the first book. After a year or so, I found the real reward of the characters. They are fascinating and leave you curious for more. Inspector Gamache retired to the tiny village of Three Pines in this one. He's looking for hot chocolate, latte's, fresh croissants, and baguettes. You will enjoy the dishes at the bistro if you know anything about food. The artist is waiting for the return of her husband. He doesn't show. She's worried that something has happened to him. She asked Gamache to find him. Along the way, we meet an interesting Scottish detective, an art dealer, and other new characters, and something tells me that we may see them again in the future. This isn't her strongest novel, but it's worth the read.