How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

St. Martin's Press | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 8.

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna''s reluctance to reveal her friend''s name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.

One of Publishers Weekly''s Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013

One of The Washington Post''s Top 10 Books of the Year

An NPR Best Book of 2013

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.38 × 6.43 × 1.38 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312655479

ISBN - 13: 9780312655471

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "Must" Read This Winter ! A fabulous read! Louise Penny at her best in this latest volume with Inspector Gamache! Set in picturesque Quebec against the political backdrop of corruption in the construction industry, you will read this all in one sitting!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of the Series (In my opinion) I really liked this book and finished it in 2 days. In my opinion its the best book of the series because it actually seems to tie up some of the Surete problems which have just been passing from book to book waiting to come to a climax. I appreciated Louise Penny's ability to bring some resolve to Inspector Gamache's story but at the same time found the Ouelette murder anti-climactic. Also, Jean-Guy's character played well on all our natural hopes for his moral redeption and reunion with Inspector Gamache.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book This book simply must be read - I finished it in one day because I couldn't stop reading it! I can't say enough good things about this book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Louise Penny's writing is magical! 'The Light Gets In' is the culmination of the Inspector Gamache series and does not disappoint. Louise Penny leads you to the height of suspense and intrigue and finally answers all of the questions that were left lingering in the books leading up to this one. As always, her descriptive writing seems almost magical and transports you to a place of wonderment and awe. It makes me see this beautiful country for what it really is and makes me proud to be a Canadian. The characters are riveting, and Inspector Gamache, as always, the epitome of reason and logic and warmth and kindness. It inspires the human spirit. The book had me in its grip from the first page until the very last and left me with a smile on my face. Truly a wonderful read.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! I love Louise Penny's books and being set in Quebec makes them even better since I can picture the area. This particular book has a really topical twist at the end which just made my day. No wonder Louise Penny has won so many awards and beein labelled the Agatha Christy of N. America. If you enjoy mystery and detective stories, this is for you. My grandson has gone off with it having seen the author on TV!
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I was waiting with anticipation to find out of Gamache and Jean Luc would reunite. So glad the team were still together to back Gamache. I hope this is not the end of the series, would love to see Jean Guy continue in Gamaches footsteps etc.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant series I (and a lot of other readers and listeners) have been eagerly awaiting Louise Penny's latest mystery - How the Light Gets In. This is the ninth entry in this absolutely brilliant series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. Gamache is an unfailingly polite, soft spoken, caring, thoughtful , principled man. He is also dedicated - to his family, his friends and solving his cases. But he is reviled by his boss. The reasons for this have been alluded to from the beginning, increasing in intensity through each book, culminating in a cliff-hanger in book eight - The Beautiful Mystery. Penny has masterfully built this tension and animosity through each book. In How the Light Gets In, Penny finally gives us answers in a stunning finale, that mirrors real life. Three Pines is the fictional small Quebec town that features prominently in Penny's books. The inhabitants of the town are rich and varied and have become as near and dear to my heart as Gamache himself. Their personal lives are as much a draw as the mystery in each book. The crime portion of this book also takes inspiration from real life. The last surviving member of the Ouellet quintuplets is found murdered in her home after failing to arrive for a scheduled visit to Three Pines. Canadians of course will recognize the story of the Dionne quintuplets. Although Penny provides enough background so that each book could be read as a stand alone, I encourage you to pick up the first book - Still Life. You'll fall in love with Gamache and the village of Three Pines - and be very glad that there are eight more (so far!) books to go. I cannot wait to see what's in store for book number ten. I've actually chosen to listen to the last few books. Ralph Cosham is the reader and he completely embodies the mental image I had created for this wonderful character. The low, somewhat gravelly tone of Cosham's voice and his well modulated pace just draws you further into the story. His French accent and pronunciation is well done and believable. The voices he provides for other characters are just as well done. The cranky old poet Ruth is a favourite of mine. Actually, all the residents of Three Pines come alive with his interpretations, and make me wish I could visit to Three Pines and chat with them. At the end of the last disc, there was an unexpected bonus - an discussion between Cosham and Penny. It turns out that Ralph doesn't read the books before he narrates for the audio version. He prefers to discover the story as he reads. Can you imagine keeping all the voices straight and reading through without preparation? How the Light Gets In was an absolute joy to listen to. Highly, highly recommended. "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Spectacular in every way, characters, plot, pacing. This is my new favourite of Louise Penny's novels.
Date published: 2013-09-05

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How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.38 × 6.43 × 1.38 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312655479

ISBN - 13: 9780312655471

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ONE   Audrey Villeneuve knew what she imagined could not possibly be happening. She was a grown woman and could tell the difference between real and imagined. But each morning as she drove through the Ville-Marie Tunnel from her home in east-end Montréal to her office, she could see it. Hear it. Feel it happening. The first sign would be a blast of red as drivers hit their brakes. The truck ahead would veer, skidding, slamming sideways. An unholy shriek would bounce off the hard walls and race toward her, all-consuming. Horns, alarms, brakes, people screaming. And then Audrey would see huge blocks of concrete peeling from the ceiling, dragging with them a tangle of metal veins and sinews. The tunnel spilling its guts. That held the structure up. That held the city of Montréal up. Until today. And then, and then … the oval of daylight, the end of the tunnel, would close. Like an eye. And then, darkness. And the long, long wait. To be crushed. Every morning and each evening, as Audrey Villeneuve drove through the engineering marvel that linked one end of the city with another, it collapsed. “It’ll be all right.” She laughed to herself. At herself. “It’ll be all right.” She cranked the music louder and sang loudly to herself. But still her hands on the steering wheel tingled, then grew cold and numb, and her heart pounded. A wave of slush whacked her windshield. The wipers swept it away, leaving a half moon of streaky
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna''s reluctance to reveal her friend''s name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.

One of Publishers Weekly''s Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013

One of The Washington Post''s Top 10 Books of the Year

An NPR Best Book of 2013

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of ten Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Editorial Reviews

"A magnificent writer who deftly and sympathetically explores the dark desires, pains and joys of the human heart in each immaculately-crafted tale she writes."—Cleveland Plain Dealer on How the Light Gets In "Masterful...Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil." —Publishers Weekly (starred) on How the Light Gets In "Penny has always used setting to support theme brilliantly, but here she outdoes herself, contrasting light and dark, innocence and experience, goodness and evil both in the emotional lives of her characters and in the way those characters leave their footprints on the landscape. Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel."—Booklist (starred) on How the Light Gets In "Highly recommended for mystery lovers, readers who enjoy character-driven mysteries, and those who like seeing good triumph and evil get its just desserts." —Library Journal (starred) on How the Light Gets In "Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, and luminous insights into trust and friendship...will hook readers and keep them hooked." —Kirkus Reviews (starred) on How the Light Gets In "Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the
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