The Brutal Telling, Paperback
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When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos.

A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man's name.

As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751547580



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“Something happened to our murderer, something we might consider insignificant, trivial even, but was devastating to him. An event, a snub, an argument that most people would shrug off. Murderers don’t. They ruminate; they gather and guard resentments. And those resentments grow. Murders are about emotions. Emotions gone bad and gone wild.” (Ch 9)A dead body is discovered in The Bistro at Three Pines, and the close community, which seems to have a penchant for turning up bodies, is thrown into chaos. Bistro proprietors, Gabri Dubeau and Olivier Brule, are stunned; they have put everything into their business and fear the ramifications of recent events. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, along with his team, is dispatched to Three Pines. They discover the body to be that of a recluse who lived in the woods in a quaint, hidden cabin, not far from the village. The tiny home, it is soon uncovered, is full of priceless antiques worth millions of dollars: exquisite carvings, a fabulous violin, an original music score, first edition books, priceless glassware, china, silver, inlaid wood. But even more odd than the antique collection is the well-travelled corpse: killed presumably at the cottage in the forest, the body was then deposited in the foyer of the new Auberge and Spa (the old Hadley place); from there, it was moved again to its place of discovery at the The Bistro. Bad blood (pun intended) is discovered to exist between Olivier Brule and Marc Gilbert, owner of the exquisite new spa and resort. But that’s not all: a number of the antiques are determined to be Czech in origin, and suspicion is cast on Three Pines’ Czech community, the Parras family in particular; and the priceless wood carvings are found to be carved from red cedar, native only to remote parts of British Columbia. Gamache and his team, before this crime is solved, will decipher a web of intrigue, deceit, and terror.“In the end the answer to a murder investigation was always devastatingly simple. It was always right there, obvious. Hiding in facts and evidence and lies, and the misperceptions of the investigators.” (Ch 31)

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