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How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #9)

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ISBN10: 0312655479
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“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec its 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.

Review:

"Complex characterizations and sophisticated plotting distinguish Agatha-winner Penny's masterful ninth novel (after 2012's The Beautiful Mystery). The devastating conclusion to the previous book saw Jean-Guy Beauvoir abandon his mentor, Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Quebec Sûreté, and return to substance abuse. Things have never looked bleaker for the unassuming and empathic Gamache. A corrupt superior has gutted his homicide department, and the agents he now supervises treat their cases with blatant indifference. Amid all this personal and professional turmoil, Gamache lands a strange murder case. There's no obvious motive for why somebody killed elderly Constance Ouellet — the only living member of a set of quintuplets who were national celebrities in their youth — by striking her in the head with a lamp. Fair-play clues lead to a surprising solution to the murder, while Gamache's battle to save his career unfolds with subtlety and intelligence. Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil. First printing of 300,000; author tour. Agent: Patty Moosbrugger, Teresa Chris Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"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

Review:

"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)

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"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)

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"Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, and luminous insights into trust and friendship...will hook readers and keep them hooked." Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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"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 sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Gorgeous writing…fresh and fully realized." The Washington Post

Review:

"Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers." People

Synopsis:

The newest book in the New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

About the Author

Louise Penny is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of eight previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Louise has won four Anthony Awards and five Agatha Awards, the most recent for The Beautiful Mystery, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of year's best crime novels by Booklist. She lives in a small village south of Montréal with her husband, Michael.

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Ronrose, January 5, 2014 (view all comments by Ronrose)
Louise Penny continues to amaze. Starting with Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1), through her latest, How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Penny has proven to be a master at instilling emotions in her characters. From Chief Inspector Gamache & his nemesis Chief Superintendent Francoeur to the inhabitants of Three Pines, the characters come alive in this story of betrayal, hate, loyalty, and love. Armand investigates a murder of a very unique woman, while his superiors in the Surete du Quebec plot to end his career and possibly his life. If you haven't read any of Penny's books start now. If you are a fan, you've probably already ordered this one. Either way you won't be disappointed.
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twicelovedbooks, September 19, 2013 (view all comments by twicelovedbooks)
Her best yet!! If debuting on the NY Times Bestseller List at #1 speaks volumes, so does this entry to the Three Pines legacy. Louise continues to get better and better in her story-telling with characters you'd love to have as friends. Her pacing, timing, suspense, and humor are mixed superbly. Read it you must but only after reading the entire series, in order.
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t engle, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by t engle)
The Light is absolutely marvelous from the opening acknowledgments concerning Leonard Cohen to the surprising ending. The characters in this series are so well crafted you feel you have been walking and talking with them for years. The blend of mystery and action is marvelous. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but please - read the whole series and start at the beginning.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312655471
Author:
Penny, Louise
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Cosham, Ralph
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
20130827
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6 x 5.25 x 1.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Complex characterizations and sophisticated plotting distinguish Agatha-winner Penny's masterful ninth novel (after 2012's The Beautiful Mystery). The devastating conclusion to the previous book saw Jean-Guy Beauvoir abandon his mentor, Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Quebec Sûreté, and return to substance abuse. Things have never looked bleaker for the unassuming and empathic Gamache. A corrupt superior has gutted his homicide department, and the agents he now supervises treat their cases with blatant indifference. Amid all this personal and professional turmoil, Gamache lands a strange murder case. There's no obvious motive for why somebody killed elderly Constance Ouellet — the only living member of a set of quintuplets who were national celebrities in their youth — by striking her in the head with a lamp. Fair-play clues lead to a surprising solution to the murder, while Gamache's battle to save his career unfolds with subtlety and intelligence. Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil. First printing of 300,000; author tour. Agent: Patty Moosbrugger, Teresa Chris Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Highly recommended for mystery lovers, readers who enjoy character-driven mysteries, and those who like seeing good triumph and evil get its just desserts."
"Review" by , "Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, and luminous insights into trust and friendship...will hook readers and keep them hooked."
"Review" by , "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 sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace."
"Review" by , "Gorgeous writing…fresh and fully realized."
"Review" by , "Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers."
"Synopsis" by ,
The newest book in the New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
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