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The madness of crowds de Louise Penny
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The madness of crowds (edició 2021)

de Louise Penny

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Títol:The madness of crowds
Autors:Louise Penny
Informació:New York : Minotaur Books, 2021.
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Etiquetes:mystery, police procedural, Quebec, Canada, euthanasia

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The Madness of Crowds de Louise Penny

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I ran through this latest Three Pines story with great impatience, annoyed by almost everything about it, alas. Penny has responded to her public's request for a book about the pandemic, and her story starts with the optimistic end of it by vaccination. The details of the ensuing crisis in Three Pines is overdone in many ways, as is the emotional reactions of our favorite characters (except for Ruth, of course). I only finished the book to make sure Penny didn't do something completely weird. The idea of a campaign of forced euthanasia to ensure economic revival is spurious in the extreme. I don't doubt that academics helped the CIA explore methods of torture after World War II, but for a psychiatrist to experiment on people already in psychiatric distress is terrible science and completely useless, even if torture is a realistic method of gathering intel. And the murder to be solved is so obvious, I was totally impatient to get to the end. ( )
  ffortsa | Jan 22, 2022 |
As always, I am really entrenched with the characters (the Gamache and the villagers) and the story line. ( )
  Baochuan | Jan 21, 2022 |
Although highly unusual to be assigned to a homicide division, Gamache and his team provide security for a lecture at a university who advocates euthanasia. The event is set post-pandemic. When shots are taken, they find footage showing the shooter, but they must find how the fireworks got in. Then a murder occurs, and Gamache, Lacoste, and Beauvoir must dig deep into the past to make the pieces all come together. Suspects abound--some from the Three Pines area and some from outside it. I found this one pretty easy to put down. I suspect it was because I really didn't like the person Gamache was protecting nor many of the other new characters. I didn't get enough of the Three Pines regulars even though they were sometimes present. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 14, 2022 |
With a few changes, THE MADNESS OF CROWDS could be about the USA during the past five years.
Louise Penny places Three Pines in what she thought would be New Year’s 2021. A vaccine to treat the Coronavirus, which has sickened or killed millions of people worldwide, has just been released. Lives in Three Pines returns to normal with businesses opening up and residents leaving their homes to shop, visit, and eat at the Bistro. (As we know, a year later, the virus has mutated and spread, partly because too many people have yet to be vaccinated, some because it is not available in their countries and too many because they believe the lies that they don’t need it or it is dangerous. In some countries, such as the US, the political division has widened immensely. But I digress.)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache was hoping for a fun-filled holiday but was asked to provide security for a lecture on statistics by Professor Abigail Robinson at a nearby university. Because of the high costs, both financial and in lives, incurred because of the pandemic, she had been hired by the Canadian government to find a way to keep the costs down. When she issued her report, the committee refused to hear her. Her plan was mandatory euthanasia of the elderly and sick. But she was invited by a family friend, the university chancellor, to speak and that was the location the chancellor chose. When Armand heard what the topic was and seeing videos of violence at previous presentations, he tried to get it cancelled but the chancellor refused justifying academic freedom as her reason .
They weren’t expecting a large crowd because of the holiday, but hundreds of people showed up from miles around. The hall was filled. Not unexpectedly, panic and violence broke out during the lecture.
Also in Three Pines at this time was the young Haniya Daoud, the Star of Sudan and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Her opinions about the people in Three Pines and Canada in general are very strong and negative.
Three Pines had a strong traditional community party New Year’s Eve. While not invited, Robinson, the chancellor, and Robinson’s long-time friend crashed the party. Near the end, Robinson’s friend’s body was found in the snow.
There are a lot of potential killers and a lot of questioning of the moral choices people make. As Armand has often stated, the main cause of murder is emotion and its seed can go back a long time.
THE MADNESS OF CROWDS has a well-developed story line that causes readers to contemplate their own ideas and standards. ( )
  Judiex | Jan 11, 2022 |
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny is the 17th and, for me, the best of the Gamache series. Unless you like living with your head in the sand, this novel will both satisfy your hunger for a good novel as well as give you food for thought about the world we are currently navigating. If you like hiding from reality, well, no, he did not win the election!

I did not consider the take in this novel on our current world to be particularly left or right leaning, mostly just a (one of many possible) views on how we are or might respond to our changing normal. Yet it seems that some people I know who lean right were bothered by this book. Not sure why, other than what I already think of their tenuous relationship with reality.

I have not read all of the books in the series, but have read most, and by far this is my favorite. Admittedly I do enjoy novels that make me think beyond just the events in the story. I like to think about what I would do, what I think others would do, and what I think is "right" or "wrong" to do. Even children's picture books demand from the reader, though certainly much younger, some engagement beyond mindless word after word after word reading. It really doesn't hurt to engage the brain beyond the basic events in a novel.

Okay, I'm finished. Some of the asinine reviews I saw irked me so I got a bit off track. But if you like good detective stories that have the usual twists and turns you will find a lot to enjoy here. I think this could be read as a standalone if you aren't familiar with the series.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Goodreads. ( )
  pomo58 | Dec 29, 2021 |
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