Glass Houses

Glass Houses

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"When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250066190
9781250181589
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PEN
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,25 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 20, 2018

WOW! I am not your absolute mystery fan, but this book right here was written quite phenomenally! It is intended for an adult (but okay for young adult) audience, with enough seriousness but also excitement for all. I recommended it to three others when I finished it, staying up an hour after my bedtime. The context was a bit hard to grasp at the start - the plot jumps seamlessly between the past and present without indication. After, one would get used to it (hopefully quickly enough)!!. Definitely a full amount of stars!! - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Carol_C_Johnstone
Jun 13, 2018

As always, Louise Penny wrote a wonderful compelling story of Chief Inspector Gamache. Makes me want to visit the eastern townships.I like all the characters, the plotting, and growth of the characters.

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LauraSteinert
May 03, 2018

Save this story for long winter night when you can curl up next to the fire with a glass of wine. You'll want to spend some time after each chapter contemplating and digesting.

This is not a summer reading book. As with all Literature (as opposed to books) this takes some work. I found myself (as always with Louise Penny novels) needing to reread paragraphs or whole pages because they are so well written and so moving. Penny takes on the drug epidemic and drug cartels in this novel, and I wish her solution would work. Halfway through the book, I found myself making excuses to put off reading the next page because I know how long it is going to be before I can visit Three Pines in her next novel. I cling to the characters; I long to understand them; I love watching them grow and discover themselves. Much about redemption, love, friendship, misunderstandings, forgiveness, and patience--perhaps even more than previous novels.

If you are new to Louise Penny, you really must start with Still Life and work your way into the hearts and minds of these incredible characters.

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gordonsetters
Apr 15, 2018

(the author revealed at the end of this disappointing book that while she was writing it, her husband suffering from dementia, was failing, and eventually died. definitely a time to be compassionate. still, I stand by my review below)

very disappointed. love her books but this one had a lot of white spaces, blank pages, and repetitions. more a novella or even a short story. I noticed lots of phrases, sentences and ideas from her former books. half way thru the book, I found I could scan many paragraphs which were fillers. I love her books but this didn't feel like the quality i'm used to from her. Had a hard time finishing but the last chapter was interesting.

I loved this story, The cobrador was a metaphor for the conscience of all the characters. The clever use of the tiny border town as a corridor for crime is a current issue with our American neighbours. I did like the braiding of the past and present, the 'hot scenes' were the present and the events taking place in the cold were reflections of what had gone on in the past. This book is up to Penny's usual excellent standards in crime fiction.

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renooner
Mar 22, 2018

You can't beat a Louise Penny novel on a cold, winter's night in Minnesota. She's in my top tier of writers along with CJ Box, Carl Hiaasen, Daniel Silva, David House right, and the late, great Vince Flynn who poured me a few Dewars in St Paul years ago. R.I.P Vince....

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DL7173
Mar 20, 2018

At 647 pages (large print) this one was too long-winded for my taste.

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GrandCru
Mar 10, 2018

Not one of her best. Confusing at times with all the back and forth stuff. I like her books that go into more 'food' descriptions and involve the village locals. This one consisted mainly of a group of non-villagers.

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praxeologist
Feb 24, 2018

I became acquainted with the genius of Louise Penny when I read in 2012 her debut novel, Still Life, published in 2005. Back then, I wrote for myself this response to her writing: Remarkable in that the spirit outranks the letter. Author stands at the portal to organic writing.

The ensuing years have brought forth eleven more novels penned by Penny, and now, with the creation of Glass Houses, her thirteenth novel, she stands in the vestibule of organic writing, which evolves without intellectual prodding. There's plenty of this prodding in the production of this murder mystery, but the organic nature lifts from the pages near the middle of the book. There rapture awaits the reader who is keen in engaging the spirit of the story. The following four sentences from page 184 of the hardcover offer a taste of this rapture:
"[Chief Superintendent] Armand Gamache walked through the late afternoon darkness. The lights from the cottages were made soft by the mist that still hung over the village. Three Pines felt slightly out of focus. Not quite of this world."

Three Pines is on the map if you've been there; otherwise, it does not exist.

Louise Penny builds her mystery with the help of glass houses, a baseball bat, the novel Lord of the Flies, the phrase "burn our ships," Mahatma Gandhi's higher court of the conscience, lesbianism, an old poet demented with insight, and the Spanish cobrador, who collects debts. Penny, in pushing to the beyond, infuses "cobrador" with a higher meaning: "conscience."

How the cobrador as conscience plays out in the story is done well. Penny's cobrador wears a black costume and mask. Three Pines, located near Montreal and the border with the United States, is the center of the story, and it is here that the cobrador appears and stands mute on the village green. This sinister presence causes a stir in the village. A lot of questions are raised, with the most basic of them—what is it doing here?—leading into the intrigue.

Chief Superintendent Gamache was the first to confront the cobrador. The entity did not move, it did not speak. If the narrator would have given Gamache the opportunity to assess the height of the cobrador and detect the scent, if any, of the person hidden by black, the intrigue would have been put at risk. Sherlock Holmes with the help of his narrator would have taken this opportunity and damn the intrigue, but Holmes could have no place in this mystery because he favors the letter in solving a crime whereas Gamache favors the spirit.

Louise Penny creates in Glass Houses an enjoyable read by creating symbols, even of the murder victim and Three Pines itself, and by keeping the reader close to Armand Gamache, whose conscience is on trial.

The murder mystery intersects later with a search for the leader of a drug cartel. Is that culprit the murderer?

By the end of the story, the reader may be thinking that Louise Penny, the conscience for Glass Houses, is her own hero, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache, the conscience for a world hidden from the world.

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laphampeak
Jan 17, 2018

I'm not a fan. Nothing happened in the first 150 pages except to establish, ad nauseam, the existence of a cobrador. Determined to finish despite my lack of enthusium I plodded to the end. I wanted more engagement to the characters, not blind devotion to the author.

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tuzhijizha
May 12, 2018

两条故事线,一条是三棵松树小镇的谋杀案,以及另一条线是毒品走私案。两条线互相交错,开始看似毫无交集,但是随着情节深入,两条线交叉了起来,谋杀案又是为了毒品走私案打掩护,最终是一个好结局。

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