All the Devils Are Here: Chief Inspector Gamache #16
Minotaur, 2020 (2020)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ll the Devils Are Here
is the sixteenth entry in Louise Penny's popular series that began with
. The series stars Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Gamache is happily married, kind, thoughtful and decent, somewhat of a philosopher, and has a strong sense of irony.
his sixteenth episode takes the Chief Inspector to Paris, France. His familial entourage is there too - his wife Reine-Marie; his estranged banker son Daniel and family; his very pregnant daughter Annie (due any day now) and her husband Jean-Guy (now working for a multinational engineering firm in Paris).
he story opens as Armand meets with his esteemed godfather and mentor, Stephen Horowitz, in the garden of the Musée Rodin (my own favorite spot in Paris). Stephen seems in a sombre mood, reminding Armand of the quote, '
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
' He will not say more, but ends up in a coma that evening, near death after a hit and run.
hen Armand and Reine-Marie go to Stephen's apartment, they find a corpse, and a scent that suggests a shocking involvement by the authorities. Armand and Jean-Guy find links to the latter's company and Daniel's bank is also implicated. Accusations are made against Stephen of wartime collaboration. While all this goes on, Armand tries again to renew his relationship with Daniel.
here are lies and betrayals (some very close to home), extreme danger for Armand and his family (who all have important roles to play), and more deaths before it's all over.
All the Devils Are Here
is an extraordinary read, the best of Penny's work so far.
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