Forty Words for Sorrow

Forty Words for Sorrow

Book - 2001
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When the badly decomposed body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is found in an abandoned mine shaft, John Cardinal is vindicated. It was Cardinal who'd kept the Pine case open-insisting she was no mere runaway-and Cardinal who'd been demoted to the burglary squad for his excessive zeal. But Katie Pine isn't the only youngster to have gone missing in the rural town of Algonquin Bay, and Cardinal is now given the go-ahead to reopen the files on three other lost kids. When another youth is reported missing, he begins to see a pattern that screams "serial killer." Meanwhile, the brass have partnered him with Lisa Delorme, newly shifted to homicide from the Office of Special Investigations, and Cardinal can't help but wonder if she's been sent to keep tabs on him. A guilty conscience makes him think so. Superbly paced, with fully fleshed characters and utterly convincing police detail, Forty Words for Sorrow is also a novel of place that transcends genre. Blunt puts us in a small Canadian town in the dead of winter and makes us feel the cold, then turns the cold into a metaphor for the destruction of young lives.
Publisher: New York : G.P Putnam's Sons, c2001
ISBN: 9780399147524
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 40 words for sorrow


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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.

Sep 11, 2014

The definition of generic.

Jun 26, 2011

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

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.

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 local author and this book is great.


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