How the Light Gets inLarge Print - 2013 | Large print ed. --
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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. She is one of quintuplets born in Canada, and the last to survive.
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? In this book he finally retires . . . and when he does, it signals all those who follow his way to expose the Premier, Francour and to foil the plot to blow up the bridge. Jean Guy shoots Gamache to save him and in the end he finally marries his Annie.
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"Don't be bullied off course. Don't be pushed from your center. And always, always trust your instinct, Isabelle. What does it tell you now?"
"That we're screwed."
He leaned back and laughed. "Then trust mine. All is not as I'd have wished, that much is certain. But it isn't over. This isn't inaction, this is simply a deep breath." Gamache, p 93.
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