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Boken börjar ovanligt dramatiskt:
He pointed decisively to the left and they ran, silently, toward the door at the end. As he ran Gamache gripped his rifle and spoke calmly into the headset.
"There's no need to worry."
"There's forty seconds left, sir." Each word was exhaled as though the man on the other end was having difficulty breathing.
"Just listen to me," said Gamache, thrusting his hand toward a door. The team surged ahead.
"I won't let anything happen to you," said Gamache, his voice convincing, daring the young agent to contradict. "You'll be having dinner with your family tonight."
The tactical team surrounded the closed door with its frosted, filthy window. Darkened.
Gamache paused, staring at it, his hand hanging in the air ready to give the signal to break it down. To rescue his agent.
Beside him Beavoir strained, waiting to be loosed.
To late Chief Inspector Gamache realized he'd made a mistake.
En tredjedel in i boken så påverkar den här händelsen fortfarande personerna som var närvarande väldigt påtagligt.
Och så ett utdrag som är mer det man väntar sig av Penny, mysigare och humoristiskt. Det är en fransktalande inspektör som intervjuat ett engelsktalande vittne och som frågar Gamache om han vill hjälpa till med utredningen:
"I wasn't asking to be kind. My English isn't very good. It's OK, but you should hear the head librarian speak French. At least, I think she's speaking French. She clearly thinks she is. But I can't understand a word. In the entire interview she spoke French and I spoke English. It was like something out of a cartoon. She must think I'm a moron. So far all I've done is grinned and nodded and I think I might have asked whether she's descended from the lower orders."
"Why did you ask that?"
"I didn't mean to. I wanted to ask if she had access to the basement, but something went wrong," he smiled ruefully. "I think clarity might be important in a murder case."
"I think you might be right. What did she say to your question?"
"She got quite upset and said that the night is a strawberry."
Gillart :) Det här är den sjätte boken i serien om Gamache. För er som vill ha saker mer i ordning så finns mitt inlägg om första boken här. Och inlägget jag skrev efter att ha läst klart den här boken finns här.
Ha en trevlig söndag!