How the Light Gets In
By Louise Penny
Minotaur Books, 2013
Winter has arrived in the Quebec village of Three Pines, and while the village is preparing for Christmas Myrna Landers is awaiting a guest who will never arrive. An elderly woman. A former client of the now retired psychologist. And a woman whose real identity few knew.
Myrna knew. She helped protect her elderly friend against prying eyes. But someone else found out this woman’s shocking secret. Someone else found her. As the hours stretch on and the woman does not arrive, Myrna calls her old friend Chief Inspector Gamache, of the Sûreté du Québec, for a favour. For help.
And while the Chief agrees to trying to find Myrna’s friend, he has growing troubles of his own. His homicide department has been gutted. His best agents transferred out. His second-in-command now works for Gamache’s rival in the Sûreté.
It becomes clear, as the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet, that this is more than a mere personal vendetta. Something old and rancid is stirring. Some vile plan has been put into action and is rushing toward a terrible conclusion.
A conclusion that plays out in the little village of Three Pines. Hidden from the world. But the world has finally found it.