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The John Cardinal Crime Series

John Cardinal Mysteries 3-Book Bundle

Forty Words for Sorrow, The Delicate Storm, Blackfly Season

Publisher: Vintage Canada
When we first meet Detective John Cardinal in Forty Words for Sorrow he is haunted by a criminal secret in his own past and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force. Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career and his family, and his refusal to give up on four missing teenagers only alienates him further from the Homicide Unit. And when the mutilated body of a 13-year-old is discovered in a mineshaft, he is the only one willing to consider the horrible truth of what’s really happening in Algonquin Bay. The first three novels in the award-winning, bestselling John Cardinal mystery series revisit this northern Ontario setting with wholly unique, thrilling and suspenseful tales, and an unforgettable protagonist who has been called “the quintessential modern Canadian crime fiction hero” (The Walrus).


From Forty Words for Sorrow:

It gets dark early in Algonquin Bay. Take a drive up Airport Hill at four o’clock on a February afternoon and when you come back half an hour later, the streets of the city will glitter below you in the dark like so many runways. The forty-sixth parallel may not be all that far...
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Praise for Forty Words for Sorrow, winner of the Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction:
“Intensely vivid characters, terrible crimes, and a brutal deep-frozen landscape all prove beyond a reasonable doubt that cold nurtures good and evil as readily as heat . . . and that Giles Blunt is a really tremendous crime novelist.”
—Lee Child
“The best Canadian crime thriller ever written.”
National Post
Praise for The Delicate Storm, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award and finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award:
"Blunt writes with the flashing grace of an ice skater skimming over a frozen pond."
New York Times Book Review
 Praise for Blackfly Season:
“Giles Blunt writes a taut, gripping tale of suspense that is loaded with gritty realism in a story that comes together like the pieces of a puzzle. . . . Few can match Blunt’s wit, wry observations and emotionally charged background sketches.”
Edmonton Journal