Delicate Storm, The

Delicate Storm, The

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Acclaimed by peers and critics alike, winner of the British Crime Writers’ Macallan Silver Dagger for Forty Words for Sorrow, Giles Blunt delivers a second thrilling mystery featuring Detective John Cardinal.

When the corpse of an American tourist turns up half-eaten by bears near Algonquin Bay, Detective John Cardinal is put on the case. But what at first appears to be a simple homicide quickly becomes complicated by others’ deceit. And when an Algonquin Bay resident is found murdered in the same woods, Cardinal realizes that there may be more to this case than he first believed.

With his authority on the investigation constantly challenged, Cardinal finds that he must band together with a former nemesis, Corporal Malcolm Musgrave of the RCMP, to outwit a common enemy. At the same time, working side by side with the beautiful and strong-willed Detective Lise Delorme, Cardinal begins to suspect his feelings for Delorme go beyond the professional.
As tensions escalate in the town, a relentless ice storm slows the hunt and throws Algonquin Bay into darkness. Against orders, and risking life and career, Cardinal digs deeper into the seemingly small-town murder. And when he does, he uncovers a series of lies and conspiracies that go back nearly thirty years and extend to the highest reaches of Canadian intelligence.

Excerpt from The Delicate Storm:
Cardinal sat on the edge of the bed, depressed at his lack of direction. Half the time -- at least in a place the size of Algonquin Bay -- it was the killer himself who called cops to the scene of the crime. Now, here was a genuine mystery and Cardinal didn’t have a single lead to point him away from the improbable story about ice fishing. An American citizen had come up to his town and -- if he hadn’t been followed -- had managed in a very short time to upset somebody enough to get himself murdered. And whoever it was didn’t just kill him, but attempted to wipe out all trace of his identity. Why?

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2003
ISBN: 9780679310587
Characteristics: 283p.; 24 cm


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Sep 12, 2015

This was an interesting low-key murder mystery full of Canadian references to the October Crisis, provincial politics, local policing, the RCMP, CSIS, and the CIA. Actually a little confusing sometimes to keep all the bureaucracies and their roles separate and straight, but that's life. Detective John Cardinal and his partner Detective Lise Delorme work methodically to unravel many threads, and in the end we understand what happened but are left frustrated. This can happen with murder cases. The setting of Northern Ontario during an ice storm heightens the frustration level - how to actually investigate while trying to manage the weather is an unwanted challenge.

HRDR Feb 12, 2013

Well written. Subtle humour. Interesting plot. Realistic, yet restrained in relation to violence and language. I'm surprised I'd never heard of this author before, considering the quality of the writing.

Jan 15, 2010

See Giles Blunt at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sat. Aug. 7, 2010. Part of the Celebrated Writers Series.

Nov 04, 2007

I love this author and the fact that he is from Ontario. I didn't particularly like the ending of this book though.

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