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Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Gamache)

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in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter. Kingdom of the Blind” is an ingenious mystery that follows a thoughtful group of beloved characters navigating their way through a fallen world. It opens with all the characters I’ve grown to love in Three Pines, Quebec: Armand Gamache, of course, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, whom we have grown to also adore, Renn-Marie, Clara, Myrna, Ruth, Gabri, Olivier, Annie, and Honore.

He was born in Leicester, the son of a leather merchant, and after attending Wyggeston Grammar School he worked in his father's business for almost 20 years, beginning there at a young age. For me it went just a little too far, possibly because he went from being someone I liked to a man I'd be wary of if I encountered someone like him in real life.

Usually, the stark reality of the drama sucks us in, and I’m holding my breath in the very first chapter. It wasn’t until the next day that she thought of a cogent argument, which was that organic systems are a lot less fragile than computer systems. Gamache notices that “one of the upper windows was boarded up, so that it looked like the place was winking at him. He wrote his first book 'Expiation' in 1887 and in 1898 he published 'The Mysterious Mr Sabin', which he described as "The first of my long series of stories dealing with that shadowy and mysterious world of diplomacy. Gamache also tells Isabelle, “I made mental lists and followed the things I love, the people I love, back to sanity.

Gamache goes to meet the prime minister of Quebec who tells him his fate, and then he goes to see Benedict and Katie, as there’s been a decision in the German case, in favor of the Baumgartners. Tony always acted as if you were dim if you didn’t get what he was talking about, but he had a tendency to start conversations somewhere in the middle, so everyone was always confused talking to Tony.

Even someone with limited abilities or opportunities is dominant over, and considered special by, those who have even fewer abilities and opportunities; the value of any ability depends on its prevalence. He then pulls Armand aside and tells him he’s accepted a new job outside of the police, at an engineering company in Paris. It meant looking the other way on a drug shipment, some of which is about to hit the streets of Montreal. While hiding his own rapidly deteriorating eyesight, a detective investigates the murder of black youth leader.

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