- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 26 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250022061
- ISBN-13: 978-1250022066
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, 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 Québec. 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.
About the Author
Of all the authors that I read, Louise Penny is definitely one that I find superior. I look forward to her books centering around Chief Inspector Gamanche and the village of Three Pines. They are amazing. This is a series that everyone should be reading. What a splendid writer! Her books are thought provoking and a delight to read.
Gamache has retired to the Village of Three Pines. He belongs there. That has always been obvious. As much as I have enjoyed the books in the series set in other places, nothing compares to the books set in Three Pines. One of my least favorite people in Three Pines has always been Peter Morrow. He was so horribly self centered and so terribly jealous of his wife's success. Peter's wife Clara is a messy and artsy woman who developed into an amazing artist. It has been beautiful to watch Clara's transformation.
One year ago, Clara sent Peter away. To find himself. To realize what a jerk he was being. How utterly self centered he really was. Clara always thought that Peter would come back at the end of the year. He doesn't. Once Clara works up the courage to talk to Armand Gamanche in regard to looking for Peter thus a series of events in set into motion that send our Three Pines friends on an adventure.
As expected, I devoured this book by Louise Penny. The Long Way Home is a wonderful addition to the Chief Inspector Gamanche series. Now I have to wait until next August for the next one.....