The Delicate Storm

The Delicate Storm

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Penguin Putnam
The author of Forty Words for Sorrow-winner of Britain's Silver Dagger Award-returns with a crime thriller challenging our most cherished belief: that, in fiction, there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

The small city of Algonquin Bay in northern Ontario: A freak warm front has moved in, making it feel like April and rousing hungry bears from hibernation. So when Ivan Bergeron's dog brings him the chewed-off arm of a white male, it's assumed the victim met a natural if ugly end. Except, as it turns out, the owner of the arm was dead before the bears got to him.

A second victim is found: a woman, apparently raped. There has to be a connection-two bodies abandoned in the woods within days of each other can't be a coincidence. Then police records reveal a long-unsolved murder with the same MO: a woman found in the woods, seemingly raped. It isn't long before homicide detectives Delorme and Cardinal are led back thirty years to another unsolved murder, this one linked to Quebec terrorists. Logic suggests the Algonquin Bay murders are connected to this case. Evidence is less convincing. And somewhere, a murderer-smart and powerful-is walking free.

Baker & Taylor
In the wake of a dual murder during a freak winter warm spell, Algonquin Bay homicide detectives Delorme and Cardinal link the killings to other unsolved murders spanning back some thirty years, a case with possible connections to Quebec terrorist activities. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The third week in January in Algonquin Bay: A freak warm front has rolled in, making it feel like April and enticing the locals into shedding their down parkas and strolling the streets. But the warm weather has also brought the bears out of hibernation, and they have come out hungry. Suddenly the stakes turn ugly when an auto mechanic discovers a mauled human arm in his yard, and the cops determine that its owner was dead before the bears got to him. A search of the surrounding woods turns up body parts placed exactly where the bears were most likely to find them. A homicide, then, but who is the victim?
As detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme wrestle with what soon becomes a trail of misinformation about the victim's identity, another body is found in the woods - a young woman, apparently raped. There has to be a connection: two bodies abandoned in the woods within days of each other cannot be a coincidence in a small town like Algonquin Bay. Then police records reveal an unsolved murder with the same MO - a woman found in the nearby woods, also apparently raped. It isn't long before the two homicide detectives are following a trail that leads back thirty years to yet another open murder case - this one linked to Quebec terrorists - then twists forward to the mysterious unidentified first victim.
Logic suggests all these murders are connected. Evidence is less convincing. And somewhere, a murderer - smart and powerful - is walking free.

Baker
& Taylor

In the wake of a dual murder during a freak winter warm spell, Algonquin Bay homicide detectives Delorme and Cardinal link the killings to other unsolved murders spanning back some thirty years.

Publisher: New York : G.P.Putnam's Sons, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780399148651
0399148655
Branch Call Number: MYS Blunt, G 2003
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 24 cm

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GLNovak
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.

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

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