Three Pines is a village near MontrÃ©al that is so small it does not appear on any map. For its size, this town has had an inordinate number of murders; solving them is the job of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SÃ»retÃ© de Quebec and his team of detectives. This time, the victim is a woman, Lillian Dyson, whose art criticism years ago was so caustic that she was responsible for putting an end to budding careers. Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light is all about artistsâ€”their insecurities, craving for recognition, pettiness, resentment, and jealousy.
September 2, 2011
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Tags: AA, Alcoholic, Art, Good & Evil, Montreal, Murder Mystery, Small Town Â· Posted in: Canada, Character Driven, Reading Guide, Sleuths Series, y Award Winning Author
ami Sands Brodoff opens with an epigraph from Rabbi Avi Weiss: “The Torah is written ‘black fire on white fire’ . . . black fire refers to the letters of the Torah . . . the white refers to the spaces between the letters . . . they are the story, the song, the silence.” Exploring the story, singing the song, reflecting on the silence, these are the promises of this intimate yet ambitious novel, and they are both moving and beautiful. To say that Brodoff does not quite realize them is not to diminish the value of her search. The book is a sincere and obviously personal attempt to illuminate mysteries that may ultimately remain unknowable.