A Great Reckoning has been my first book by Louise Penny. I hadn’t heard of this Canadian author – shocking – haven’t heard of an author in one of my favorite genres and Canadian at that too?!
P was selling his ratty old Hyundai Accent at the Chapters parking lot – while he and the buyer were working out the sale, the buyer’s wife and I were browsing books together (quite awkwardly – I’m no good with small talk). But the ice broke when I told her I am always on the lookout for crime / thriller novels and she pointed me to Louise Penny. We’re best friends now.
Just kidding. I never saw her again.
But now I feel like I need to read everything by Louise Penny.
If you haven’t read anything by Louise Penny, you could start with A Great Reckoning, but I would not recommend it. Armand Gamanche is the main character, and while I was reading A Great Reckoning, I felt like I was missing a bit of the back story or something. That said, you don’t need the back story to read the book.
Gamanche has retired from the police force and moved to a small Quebec town with his wife, Rene-Marie. Here he has recently accepted the position of chief superintendent of the police academy with the intent to clean up corruption in the police force. It seems like Gamanche was the chief of homicide in the police and almost got killed because he didn’t want part in the corruption (I don’t know this – I’m guessing – this is why it would be good to read the previous books). By taking command of the police academy its existing chief is demoted. Serge Leduc and Gamanche don’t have the best relationship, so when Leduc dies, Gamanche becomes a person of interest. Meanwhile, there is a mysterious map… that is about to unravel many secrets that send Gamance and his cadets spiralling. One of the cadets, Amelia is a curious one – there’s a connection with Gamanche somehow that we don’t know about. Things start to happen and you start flipping pages like CRAZY.
Louise Penny is an excellent writer. So descriptive you can imagine every little detail. Even without the back story, I was immediately drawn into the book. I can’t wait to read more of Louise Penny’s novels.