Forty Words for Sorrow: A Thriller (Paperback)

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Set in the unrelenting cold of Algonquin Bay this is an edge
of your seat mystery.  Detective John
Cardinal has a partner he doesn’t really want and a killer targeting children
to catch.  Lisa Delorme might be more
than a partner, she might be investigating Cardinal’s link to a drug
dealer.  There is no time for
distractions; Cardinal has to focus on a killer who will strike again.  The setting is used brilliantly; you will
feel the bitter cold of Ontario. Fine writing, a tense plot, and a complex
protagonist combine to make this a page turner.

— Deon Stonehouse


“One of the best novels of [the year]. . . Giles Blunt has a tremendous talent.” —Tony Hillerman
“Forceful . . . surprising . . . [Blunt’s] insights into suffering and madness give his characters their true voice.” —The New York Times
In the quiet Canadian town of Algonquin Bay, a frozen body has been found in an abandoned mine shaft. She is quickly identified as Katie Pine, a teenager who had disappeared months ago. At the time, Detective John Cardinal insisted that Katie was no ordinary runaway. His relentless pursuit and refusal to give up on the case got him demoted from Homicide. But now the Canadian police force wants Cardinal back on the case—with a new associate by his side. And as these two untrusting partners gather evidence of a serial murder spree, a pair of sociopaths is closing in on the next victim.

Winner of The Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction
Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

About the Author

Giles Blunt wrote for television in New York City before returning to Toronto three years ago. He is the author of Forty Words for Sorrow and The Delicate Storm.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425206928
ISBN-10: 0425206920
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 7th, 2005
Pages: 368
Language: English