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Author: Louise Penny Narrator: Robert Bathurst Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels Release Date: August 2019 ISBN: 9781250230898
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"Robert Bathurst's intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny's subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner



Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search.

As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

In the next title in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?

Praise for A Better Man:



“‘A Better Man,' with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions." —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"With an uncompromising eye, Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Quotes & Awards

  • Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions. New York Times Book Review
  • “Robert Bathurst’s intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny’s subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines…Bathurst disappears into Penny’s complications and plot twists, delivering impeccable character portraits, terrifying situations, and a heart-stopping climax. A Better Man can be read as a stand-alone, but if listeners start at the beginning of the series, this engrossing eighteenth Gamache novel will be even more enjoyable. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “With an uncompromising eye, Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Offers suspense galore, well-drawn characters… and some of the finest prose to grace the suspense genre.”

    BookPage
  • The appeal of this series and especially of Gamache himself has always been Penny's ability to show her hero moving from the tangible, brutal facts of murder to the emotions within, the stories in the blood. There are multiple stories, often contradictory, to be found in the many-tentacled web of human tragedy and suffering that Gamache teases to the surface in this moving exploration of ties that both bind and destroy. Booklist, starred review
  • This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Library Journal (starred review)
  • A spellbinder . . . another outstanding Gamache adventure… ingenious . . . what more could a mystery reader – or any reader for that matter – want? Washington Post
  • Penny pulls together an insightful plot that weaves in family feuds, clandestine investigations, undercover cops and a loving look at Three Pines. Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Louise Penny’s novels are unique for how seamlessly they straddle the line between charmingly small-town mysteries and big-city police procedurals . . . It’s not to be missed! BookPage (Top Pick)
  • Brain-teasing puzzles, life-and-death stakes and lots of Three Pines, a magical place where the warmth in the villagers’ hearts thaws the ice on their eyelashes. St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Complex ongoing saga… Wait anxiously for the next installment. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Penny does a splendid job of interweaving those three main plot lines, studding them with several life-threatening scenes that had me holding my breath, and building to a wild finale. Tampa Bay Tribune
  • Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page. Library Journal (Starred Review)
  • Penny reveals a deeper vulnerability in the introspective Gamache… The ending is adrenaline-filled....This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander. Kirkus Reviews
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in International Mystery and Crime
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller in Mysteries & Thrillers
  • An Amazon.com Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Booklist Pick of Top Crime Books in Audio

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About the Author

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada “for her contribution to Canadian culture.”

About the Narrator

Robert Bathurst, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Male Narrator in 2020. He is an English actor who played David Marsden in five seasons of the series Cold Feet and the title role in My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In addition to his other television credits—which include The Stepfather, White Teeth, The Safe House, Goodbye, Mr. Steadman, and Hornblower—he has also appeared many times on stage in such productions as The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, and Alarms and Excursions.