The Madness of Crowds
BOOK ∙ 2021
Dangerous ideas lead to violent ends in Louise Penny’s gripping post-COVID murder mystery. When the idyllic Québec town of Three Pines invites statistician Abigail Robinson to present her government-funded findings at the local university over the quiet Christmas break, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is asked to serve as her security detail. At first, he doesn’t get why someone with his skill and experience—he’s on a first-name basis with the premier!—would be handed such a basic assignment. Then the inspector learns that Professor Robinson’s viral conclusions toward fixing post-COVID Canada involve some horrifying suggestions—and they’re starting to gain traction in the minds of people you’d think would know better. With a cast of unforgettable characters, The Madness of Crowds had us hooked from the very first page.