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 |

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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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 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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How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 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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