Forty Words for Sorrow

Forty Words for Sorrow

Paperback - 2011
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When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence only serves to get him removed from homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his own past and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force (conducted, he suspects, by his own partner), Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career -- and his family.

Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of an abandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrible truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. The case as it unfolds proves eerily reminiscent of the Moors murders in Britain, as an unassuming young man and his belligerently loyal girlfriend scout young victims for their macabre games. With the media, the provincial police and his own department questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuous threads towards the unthinkable. Time isn't only running out for him, but for another young victim, tied up in a basement wondering when and how his captors will kill him.

Evoking the Canadian winter and the hearts of the killers and cops in icily realistic prose, Giles Blunt has produced a masterful crime novel that rivals the best of Martin Cruz Smith and introduces readers to a detective hero whose own human faults serve to fuel his unerring sense of justice.
Publisher: Toronto :, Vintage Canada,, [2011]
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780679311454
Branch Call Number: MYS BLU
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 40 words for sorrow

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Lori_71
Dec 10, 2016

I was not expecting to like this book...(the Louise Penny book I wanted to read was not available so I decided to try this author) but I really, really, really enjoyed it. While the content is somewhat grim, it is like you are there in Algonquin Bay while you are reading it. I find the characters are also very well done. I plan to read more Giles Blunt in the near future.

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gsbenham1986
Sep 11, 2014

The definition of generic.

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monkers1ze
Jun 26, 2011

I really enjoyed the characters. Its nice reading a book with canadian content.

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LindaFalls
Dec 26, 2010

I stumbled upon Giles Blunt and found his Cardinal series to be very compelling. His characters are complex and detailed. You can't iss with this writer.

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StratfordFestival
Jan 15, 2010

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

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

I love this local author and this book is great.

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