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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000737514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007375141
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.4 x 12.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
Algonquin Bay, Ontario experiences a rare January warm front that awakens the bears that should remain in hibernation. When a dog brings home a piece of an arm, the local police initiate a search for the rest of the body parts. Through diligent investigative work they conclude that the victim is a former CIA agent who worked in Montreal in 1970 during the French Canadian separatist movement that turned violent.
While Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme work the case, a doctor goes missing until her nude body is found in an isolated part of the town. The police link up the two murders because the rare AB type blood was found in the doctor's office and the first victim's car. They believe the perpetrator was injured and needed medical assistance. To learn who is getting away with murder the two detectives travel to Montreal to try to reconstruct the events that happened over three decades ago to see if one of their interviewees will lead them to the killer.
THE DELICATE STORM is a very well written police procedural that takes the reader back in time to the violence of the seventies during the Vietnam protests and the French Canadian separatist movement. The police methodically follow each piece of new evidence and try to connect all the pieces to form the larger picture, but the cases prove difficult and the detectives frequently become frustrated at their lack of progress. It is very entertaining to follow the investigation with is frustrations and triumphs. Giles Blunt is rapidly becoming one of the best writers of psychological suspense.
Harriet Klausner
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By cyberpsycho on June 11 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A fascinating, well-paced plot, plus interesting historical details concerning the French separatist movement in Canada make this a very worthwhile read. Blunt's Cardinal and Delorme characters take a big leap forward in terms of character development and overall detective skills. Likewise, the narrator's voice appears much more at ease in this second book of the series, and as a result, Blunt displays an excellent sense of humor in addition to the nicely calibrated dialogue. Lots of false leads, twists and surprises in this one, although some of them are telegraphed in advance. Still, this is an excellent read, particularly for anyone interested in a Canadian setting, and I look forward to the next book in this series.
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Bought 4 of these books for my husband, the who dun it fan... heard about, I might add by listening to Shealah Rogers interviewing another writer. She said something like, Blunt is the Canadian version of Peter Robinson. That is an extremely high rating in the eyes of my husband who doesn't just goggle up everthing printed about Inspector Banks, he keeps them to read again.
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By BevMar on Dec 16 2014
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Liked it very much and have been buying every other book in the series.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
It's a metorological thing Oct. 5 2005
By Michael D. Trimble - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not sure I can tell you anymore about the plot than what other reviewers have already written. Therefore, I will focus in other areas and generalize a bit.

The weather definitely plays big in this--the latest crime-stopper--novel from Giles Blunt, and I am sure Canadians will certainly commiserate with Detective Cardinal and the citizens Algonquin Bay, Ontario, when an unusual January ice storm virtually shuts down the town. Of course the weather never seems to affect the criminals amongst us!

Blunt's a great story teller and a gifted writer, this story is testament to that fact. Do you know how you can be readying and enjoying a good book, then hit a spot that seems to do little to advance the story, and all of a sudden you are skimming over the words rather than reading and absorbing them? Of course you do! Well in this book, that never occurred for me. The book was not particularly suspenseful nor would you call it a thriller, but it was interesting throughout and each page, paragraph, and sentence, made a contribution. Blunt uses the entire book, like a trail of bread crumbs, to guide the reader to a final realization of whodunit. Try this--and this is not a spoiler--stop when you get to the middle of the book and try to figure out who the killer is, you will have been introduced to all the characters by then. Bet you can't do it!

A believable crime story, with real-life characters. It could happen like this somewhere and probably already has!
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Excellent crime writing June 1 2003
By RachelWalker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I must confess, I wasn't quite so crazy about Giles Blunt's debut, Forty Words For Sorrow, as others were, even though it was certainly very good. However, now, after reading The Delicate Storm I'm quite tempted to revisit his first novel and be prepared to reassess my opinions, because The Delicate Storm is, quite simply, excellent.
It begins when a human arm is discovered on an unseasonably warm day in some woods near the town of Algonquin Bay. The search for other human body parts leads investigators John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme to a remote hunter's cabin that is clearly the scene of the crime, and which holds some useful information. The deceased is soon found to have been an American citizen, and so the Mounties are brought in to assist. But, it is when the Canadian Secret Service also start sniffing around the case that Cardinal comes to uncover something far deeper and darker.
Then, a few days later, a young doctor goes missing, and the glittering woods relinquish a second dead body.
Blunt paces his novel absolutely perfectly. It's not too slow, but nor is it so fast that, come the end, the book feels like sand having slipped through a net. He has also struck a perfect equilibrium between character and plot, giving the book power from both corners, and a nicely rounded feel. The characters are excellent, especially Cardinal and Delorme, who are fascinating (both when working together and apart), and, I am sure, capable of sustaining this series for many books to come. The plot itself is great (although possibly discomforting for those who don't like to confront the possibility of a "perfect" crime), and the plotting is slick, smooth and assured, all stemming from Blunt's excellent narrative control. He also examines, interestingly and convincingly, the past and present Canadian political scene.
However, possibly best of all is the setting, which the author describes brilliantly, giving the book a sharp, edgy and entirely chilly atmosphere that broods over the whole novel like some impetuous deity. The landscape creaks and shimmers under the ice and takes on a forbidding life of its own in a way which few writers can really create.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to everyone who likes a great crime novel, because there is no way you'll be disappointed with this. It's full of interesting characters with interesting lives, great plotting, and an atmosphere that shivers. Giles Blunt is tremendous, and surely the best writer to have emerged from Canada in many a moon. I'm looking forward to the next one already!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Police Work Through A Prism Of Ice Aug. 25 2005
By Jon Linden - Published on
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Blunt's book is unique in the detective mystery genre in its careful attention to character development. Much of the book is devoted to the internal musings and thoughts of Detective John Cardinal and his partner Detective Delorme. The partners are working a 17 year old murder case, and the interaction with the people related to the case is vital and very intricate.

Blunt weaves a complicated tale of connections that typifies normal excellent police work. On the way, there is some "high jingo" (higher up manipulation) of the evidence and the information. In addition, the book concentrates on interagency cooperation in Canada. Since the victim is American, the investigation falls in the province of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but the lead investigators on the case are local police Cardinal and Delorme.

As the reader moves through the book, slowly the information unfolds. One of the beauties of this book is that the connections and information are so complex, that it is virtually impossible to guess the most likely suspect. Blunt is masterful in creating characters for the reader to ponder, and always with good character development.

In short, Blunt is one of the finest detective mystery writers today. All those interested in the genre should read this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent mystery thriller July 26 2003
By Pangloss - Published on
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This second adventure of detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme is a welcome addition to the series. Author Blunt has created a believalbe, worldly set of characters who are able to keep the action going while dealing with their own personal problems. Although this is one of those stories that grab you at the beginning and keep you reading through the night, it is not a mindless escapade in non-stop thrills, but just a very good story about detectives searching for the truth and their lives outside of the station house. I especially like the setting. The small, rural town locale in Canada seems to add to the suspense. It is a welcome diversion to read about someplace other than the huge metropolitan US cities where most novels seem to take place. Cardinal and Delorme are interesting, entertaining characters who complement each other perfectly. I can't wait for the third novel in this series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
CARDINAL LAW July 21 2003
By Michael Butts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
John Cardinal returns in this superb sequel to 'Forty Words for Sorrow'. While this book is not quite as gruesome or suspenseful as its predecessor, the writing, characterization and setting is so well done that it sets its own standard. It is quite excellent.
Once again, Cardinal and Delorme form the foundation of the book, and it's great to see Cardinal's depressive wife, Catherine, behaving so warmly. Cardinal's father, Stan, is also an excellent addition. The relationship etched between John and his father is brilliant in its realism, although the ultimate ending though cautiously foreshadowed, still packs an emotional wallop.
It takes Cardinal and Delorme a long time to find outwho is responsible for the gruesome death of an American tourist. They go through tons of interviews, all leading back to turbulent political times; the connection is there, you just have to wade through a lot of evidence to get to the conclusion.
The ending is a shocker, and it certainly necessitates book # 3 in this excellent series.

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