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  • Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (July 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312945485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312945480
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29 2007
Format: Paperback
The book is drenched in sadness; it is beautifully written and the story is very poignant. Blunt in my view delivers a riveting thriller.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 4 2007
Format: Hardcover
If there's any justice in the reading world, then "By the Time You Read This" will get Giles Blunt some serious notice. That's because Blunt has topped himself in his fourth mystery novel involving John Cardinal and the fictional town of Algonquin Bay, with his darkly compelling writing, excellent characters, and a brilliantly harrowing finale.

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.
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By Berthe Lafrenière on Dec 5 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
wonderfully written.riveting and knowing the venue of the book helped.I am anxiously awaiting his next book as follow-up to this story
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Bought 4 of them for my husband who enjoyed these books, especially because we lived in North Bay for 5 years... so we get a few smiles out of the thinly veiled locations mentioned in the book
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