By the Time You Read This Mass Market Paperback – Jul 29 2008
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In his Silver Dagger-winning crime novels, author Giles Blunt creates the perfect blend of police-procedural, psychological thriller and atmospheric locale (think chilly Algonquin Bay). We asked Blunt if he would give us some insight about By the Time You Read This, the much anticipated fourth instalment of the Det. John Cardinal series. He kindly obliged with the following "Letter to Readers." --Lauren Nemroff
A Letter to Readers from Giles Blunt
Through my past four books, Ive been living with a character named John Cardinal, a police detective from northern Ontario who has had to track down some hideously evil people, but who has also endeared himself to me and to many readers through the deep attachment he has had to his troubled wife, Catherine. I believe the new Cardinal novel, By The Time You Read This, is the most emotionally involving yet. Catherine dies in chapter one, and Cardinals grief pervades the rest of the book as he tries to make sense of her death. This was painful to write at times, and I can only hope you will be moved by it.
Another reason Im particularly excited is that, this time out, Cardinal encounters a murderer and a method of killing that neither he nor I have ever seen before. Im pretty sure even hardcore crime-novel addicts will find it unique, believable, and completely horrifying. I want to tell you all about it but I cant without spoiling the story. I know, I know, one can only be skeptical of an author who pronounces himself pleased with his book but when pressed as to why promptly takes a vow of silence.
But what can I do? Ill just have to clam up and hope you enjoy the story.
Giles Blunt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Set in remote Algonquin Bay, Ontario, Blunt's compelling fourth crime novel to feature John Cardinal (after Blackfly Season) finds the police detective mourning the death of his wife, an apparent suicide. Then Cardinal starts receiving cold, hate-filled notes gloating over his loss. Stirred and angered into believing that his wife may have been murdered, he sets about looking into who might be refusing to let the dead—or, more particularly, himself—rest easy. Meanwhile, his partner, Lise Delorme, is busy trying to track down the pedophile responsible for a cache of appalling photos featuring a small girl who may live in or near Algonquin Bay. An unexpected yet utterly realistic twist lifts this novel into extremely interesting (and entertaining) territory. Sharp dialogue, complex characters and a satisfying conclusion should help Blunt, who has won Britain's Silver Dagger and Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, win new readers in the U.S. Author tour. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
A photographer who often went out on solitary picture excursions - even in an Ontario winter - Catherine is also a depressive. She's been in the dark places. She's been hospitalised several times, returning to a warm homecoming and declaring "How lucky I am!" to have a family which can deal with her problems. That luck seems to have run out, or is it eroded? The last option, suicide, appears to be the cause of her death. There's even a note: "By the time you read this . . .". That should close the case and John Cardinal should take some time to work through his grief. His own dark time is just beginning.
John and Catherine were together too long and they knew each other too well for this copper to rest on easy answers. The note is an enigma, not clarified by some disturbing mail John receives. Little bits of information, imparted willingly or inadvertently, build suspicions in his mind, and he must follow them through. To get to the resolution, John encounters some disturbing elements. A child pornography "ring" on the Internet has reached his town. In fact, it might be centred in Algonquin Bay as Cardinal's colleague Lise Delorme is undertaking to determine. How dark is that news to a town where vulnerable children are supposed to be a rarity?Read more ›
Cop John Cardinal is on a stakeout when he is called in to a suicide, a woman jumping off a building -- and it turns out to be his wife Catherine. Cardinal is devastated by her loss, but he starts to suspect that her death was not suicide when a series of cruel, taunting cards start arriving. His fellow cops (and Catherine's shrink) think he's just in denial, especially since a suicide note in Catherine's handwriting was found beside her body.
Meanwhile detective Lise Delorme is investigating a child pornography case -- a series of photos of a man and a little girl -- and little details reveal that they were taken in Algonquin Bay. Meanwhile, Cardinal continues to find discrepancies in the supposed suicide, and as the clues slowly come together, he finds himself face to face with a killer who uses the most horrific weapon imaginable against his victims...
"By the Time You Read This" is one of those rare books that successfully straddles the line between psychological horror and crime mysteries. Blunt does have a little awkwardness -- the beginning is strainedly poetic, and the end could have used a couple more chapters to wrap everything up -- but the bulk of the book is pure gold.
Basically, Blunt is perfectly suited to mystery writing. His writing casts a dark, noirish light on everything, where everyone is untrustworthy and all sorts of nasty secrets simmer just under the surface.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Well, I read this awesome offering by Giles Blunt and gave it to a friend to enjoy, while I ordered another of his works in the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon lover
wonderfully written.riveting and knowing the venue of the book helped.I am anxiously awaiting his next book as follow-up to this storyPublished on Dec 5 2013 by Berthe Lafrenière