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GLASS HOUSES: 13 Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2018
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- Publisher : MACMILLAN USA (1 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250181585
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250181589
- Dimensions : 11.48 x 3.4 x 18.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 820,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Penny's absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace." --PEOPLE
"Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries." --The New York Times Book Review
"You won't want Louise Penny's latest to end....Any plot summary of Penny's novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series.... It takes nerve and skill -- as well as heart -- to write mysteries like this."
--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Ms. Penny has a gift for linking the mundane to the mythic. Steadfast, civilized and grimly determined, Gamache becomes a heraldic figure, as brave and cunning as the hero of an Icelandic saga, and the contemporary evils he battles have apocalyptic overtones....[With a] cinematic finale, in which the book's well-laid and carefully sustained suspense is at last released." --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Outstanding....On all counts, 'Glass Houses' succeeds brilliantly, full of elegant prose, intricate plots, and--most of all--Penny's moving, emotionally complex hero and his circle of friends and colleagues."
--The Seattle Times
"Penny--whose books wind up on Best Novels of the Year lists, not 'just' Best Mysteries--is a one-woman argument against literary snobbery....Top notch....Penny is a master of the slow burn, with readers only seeing the final pattern as everything is set aflame." --Christian Science Monitor
"In the most intriguing installment yet....Louise Penny deftly combines crime and punishment, a timeless avenger and a dark exploration of the conscience....A great and twisting tale, as we've come to expect from the previous 12 Gamache novels, but also an exploration of moral judgments, mental frailty and the eerie notion of reckoning: We all must pay our debts...A profound story." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Penny's latest is one of her best ever. From the very first page, when Gamache begins his testimony in a court case, the reader is riveted....I couldn't stop reading. This is the perfect holiday weekend book."
--Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
"Gamache will face life-changing questions about the nature of guilt and innocence and the thin blue line separating law and conscience, leaving the reader contemplating these conundrums well after the final page has been turned." --BookPage (Top Pick in Mystery)
"With grace and insight...Penny has pushed the boundaries of the genre with each novel, and 'Glass Houses' takes them still further. With an intricate and intelligent storyline, cherished characters, a setting that cries out 'come live here' and a terrifying climax, she produces another stellar literary novel. And she does so with compassion, decency and love as she depicts evil, exalts courage and neither flinches nor preaches as she confronts moral ambiguities--and the health and sickness within each soul."
"Louise Penny steers the complex plot... to a white-knuckle ending....If it is conceivable for Penny to top herself, she has done so in this soul-searching, psychologically insightful journey into each of her memorable characters." --Bookreporter.com
"The tension has never been greater...A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Three Pines is a sublime metaphor for the precariousness of harmony wherever we find it...one of the most entrancing fictional worlds in popular literature." --Booklist (starred review)
"The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels with this challenging and timely book. Though touched by the evils of the outside world, Three Pines remains a singular place away from time."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"Penny's poetic style of writing and her deeply realized characters, with their mix of flaws and heroism, make her novels irresistible....Penny delicately explores the tension of an officer who may be sworn to uphold the law, but who feels compelled to do something else, in a fascinating novel that is sure to appeal to a variety of readers--whether they typically enjoy mysteries or not." --ShelfAwareness
"An exciting, high-stakes climax." -- Publishers Weekly
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In this story a mysterious figure appears in the village green. The menace is palpable and each person starts to think that this conscience is there for their particular past misdeeds. We know there has been a murder as Gamache is in the witness box at the trial. So we begin a journey of discovery. Who is the murderer and the victim. Why is Gamache worried about his testimony. We build to an exciting climax where all is eventually revealed. We find that Gamache must wrestle with his conscience and puts his career on the line.
This is not an easy book to read. Louise uses the device of flashbacks to the events as the trial proceeds. There is more time travel than Dr Who episode. This really slows down the story as Louise only reveals the clues later in a chunk of flash back dressed as a witness statement. Most of these flashbacks start unexpectedly with a lot at the start of a new page. This interrupts any flow and a lot of rereading is necessary. A good knowledge of the characters in the village is essential so this would not be a good book to start reading the series.
As the underlying issue explored here is conscience we have a lot of introspection and discussion of philosophic issues. What is the higher court of Ghandi. Do we have different levels of conscience. Does the end justify the means. Again these weighty issues load the story to almost ponderous pace. Fortunately Gamache and Penny are not preaching and these issues are central to the story.
I thought that some of Louise's constructs were a little simplistic and stretched credulity. I cannot really discuss these without giving away some of the story. As in Agatha Christie the village is a metaphor for the world and Gamache its antithesis. He brings the world into the village which cannot contain it. A simultaneous telescope and microscope. Action which barely disturb the fabric of the larger society rend the little village.
There are a lot of surprises in this book a lot because of the trickle feeding of information. But it is enjoyable. There is great range for our village people and some will not escape unscathed. The underlying story of Carla the painter and the unfinished paintings is a joy. So settle in for a slow start because after half way you will have trouble reading fast enough.
Though the title is a bit of a mystery.
Top reviews from other countries
I understand that the author has recently suffered bereavement and very sad times and I'm sure all those readers including myself who have greatly enjoyed her writing would want to express their sympathy.
I have loved all the Inspector Gamache books and this one, for me was outstanding. Each character is drawn with so much subtlety and careful, clever detail. The plot is uncompromising in the horrific way in which police have to have to make impossible decisions. Is Gamache too good to be true as some reviewers suggest? I think there is really humanity in him - and thankfully some heroes do exist to inspire us! The next book cannot come too soon for me.