Glass Houses

Glass Houses

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the S©ret©♭ du Qu©♭bec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montr©♭al, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250066190
1250066190
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 25 cm

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mamabadger56
Oct 18, 2017

A great addition to this terrific mystery series.

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sandra80
Oct 13, 2017

I love this series and this is one of the best. Louise Penny never disappoints.

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maryebarr
Oct 13, 2017

Not even close to the best book in the series. I'm tired of hearing about the Gamache's animal, Ruth's duck and Clara's hair. Much too much filler in this novel. The plot had the usual twists and turns of a Penny novel. Too much foul language when not necessary. Not sure I'll read another of her books.

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nkholcomb
Oct 03, 2017

This is one of the best in the series. I would echo what others have said, this is not the title to begin with, if you are new to the series. It really is best to begin with the first in the series. I’m sure the author and her editor would say that you don’t *have to* read the books in order, but it certainly is easier if you do.

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mswalker
Sep 25, 2017

Definitely a page turner! Wonderful - one of her best books yet.

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njon38
Sep 24, 2017

Chief superintendent Armand Gamache a home run.

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Gazebo
Sep 24, 2017

One of my favourite authors! She weaves together a crime novel and a cast of characters that almost defy description but are made to come alive in her books. I've read them all, and loved them all. In this one, however, I found it a little too hard to "suspend belief" . It was a little over the top.
Still, I can't wait to meet Armand, Reine Marie, Gabri and the gang again next year!

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rb3221
Sep 24, 2017

An absolutely wonderful novel. It has a plot with a murder, guilt, courtroom drama and justice hopefully being served not by the courts but by 'the court of conscience' which supersedes all other courts and a final heroic battle with the drug cartels. Gamache, never losing sight of his goal and his very ambitious plan to "burn the ships", develops a complex and brave strategy and puts his entire career and life in jeopardy with some startling results. One of Penny's best novels, suspenseful and an amazing finale.

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KJP48
Sep 21, 2017

I love Louise Penny's books and this one didn't disappoint. It kept me guessing all the way through. My only disappointment, and it is slight, there wasn't much story devoted to the townspeople. That is one of my favorite aspects of her novels.

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geniegu859
Sep 15, 2017

I love everything Louise Penny writes. This novel is no exception. It helps tremendously to have read previous Three Pines novels as the residents of this remote village become as familiar as neighbors. Though this can be read as a stand alone novel, a new reader may be confused at the cast of characters without prior introduction to their personalities. The strongest and most induring character is Armand Gamache, formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide, now Superintendent of the Surente du Quebec. The depth of his moral fiber stems from his implacable honesty, loyalty to family, a belief in justice. In this installment, he is torn between deliberately committing perjury for the sake of a higher purpose at the risk of losing everything. When he is convinced the right thing to do, nothing can deter him to seeing it through. The story, part court room jockeying and real time drama, comes to an exciting conclusion that one can depend on in Louise Penny's novels.

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