How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Paperback)

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This is book number 9 in the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series.

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"Louise Penny’s latest mystery takes its title from a lyric by Leonard Cohen, one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Chief Inspector Gamache is searching for a little peace from the backstabbing and betrayal at the Surete. Unfortunately, the haven he chooses, the quiet village of Three Pines, produces a murder for him to solve. When a national celebrity is found dead, he must put his personal and professional difficulties aside, and take charge of the investigation. Once again, Louise Penny does what she does best – provides an intriguing mystery which takes second place to the complex personalities and relationships of her main characters."

— Sharon K. Nagel

"Several circumstances in the life of Inspector Gamache and his friends in Three Pines await illumination. Book store owner Myrna needs help searching for a missing friend, Jean-Guy Beauvoir remains estranged and self-destructive, and Gamache's carefully selected staff is being just as carefully destroyed by the Chief Superintendent. These three story lines converge for a stunning conclusion. Once again, Louise Penny draws you in and holds you captive. I'll be reading and re- reading How the Light Gets In until the next Chief Inspector Gamache mystery is written."

— Anne McMahon


How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

"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?

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 author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (nine times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Praise For…

“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 sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.” —New York Times Book Review

“Gorgeous writing…fresh and fully realized.” —The Washington Post on The Beautiful Mystery

“Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers.” —People on A Trick of the Light

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250047274
ISBN-10: 1250047277
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Novel