Until the Night Hardcover – Aug 7 2012
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WINNER 2013 – Arthur Ellis Awards—Best Crime Novel
Praise for Giles Blunt
"[Giles Blunt's novels] stand as landmarks in what we might think of as the new Canadian crime wave. . . . John Cardinal is the quintessential modern Canadian crime fiction hero--the northern lawman reimagined."
"Blunt writes with the flashing grace of an ice skater skimming over a frozen pond."
--The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
GILES BLUNT grew up in North Bay, Ontario. After spending over twenty years in New York City, he now lives in Toronto. He has written scripts for Law & Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, and is the author of the bestselling Cardinal crime series, which he is adapting as a television series for CTV. He has won the British Crime Writers' Macallan Silver Dagger and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. Until the Night is his sixth novel featuring John Cardinal and Lise Delorme.
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Until the Night opens with a cryptic entry from something called The Blue Notebook, giving us a brief glance into an Arctic science station. The next chapter takes us back to more familiar territory - Algonquin Bay, Ontario - 340 miles north of Toronto. It is here that John Cardinal lives and works. He and counterpart Lise Delorme are called in to investigate what looks to be a domestic murder - a husband murdering his wife's lover. But the wife is missing too - also murdered? She is found, dead, but in odd circumstances. As is yet another woman. And the case leads Cardinal and Delorme down paths they couldn't imagine.
As their investigation progresses, so do the entries from The Blue Notebook - and we are slowly privy to more and more details.
Blunt has done it again - an absolutely original, intelligent, riveting plot that kept me reading.....Until The Night. (Sorry couldn't resist) But, seriously, I did use a Sunday off to devour it from first page to last. Yep, that good.
Why do I like this series so much? Protagonist John Cardinal is the big draw for me. In him, Blunt has created a believable, realistic character whose life has evolved over the course of six books. His personal life involving his wife and her difficulties have provided a storyline handled with thoughtfulness, realism and genuine emotion. His relationship with Delorme has him quite confused and is explored further in this book. We get to delve much deeper into Lise Delorme's life this time. Her own issues, insecurities and demons lead her to a dark place, putting herself and her career at risk. I have become quite invested in both of these characters.Read more ›
I agree with those saying this series is getting better with each book it is of no surprise that with this latest Mr. Blunt won the Arthur Ellis Awards for best crime novel in 2013. Congratulations Mr. Blunt.
“Until the Night” is a dark and convoluted mystery beautifully written with exceptionally solid characters. This is a must read for fans of this series. A caution, some may be offended by the crude language and the sex scenes that pepper the chapters.
The mystery has two captivating stories cleverly interwoven in the typical Blunt’s style and technique. It opens with what looks like an ordinary case of adultery gone wrong. A man found dead in a cheap motel, the woman accompanying him has vanished and the likely suspect is the lovers’ outraged husband. One thing leads to another and the investigation uncovers a string of missing women and leads our duo of Cardinal and Delorme into a decades-old injustice committed in the high Arctic. In alternating chapters “The Blue Notebook” details what happened on an Arctic research station in the past. Reading this immediately captured my interest, it is gripping with tension and drama and of course Mr. Blunt’s powerfully describes the spell of the Arctic landscape with all of its beauties and horrors…this is quite an atmospheric mystery. Both plots are clever with plenty of twists and turns to have kept me on the edge of my seat till the final page. This book is most satisfying.
In a final note the author acknowledges this was one of those books requiring considerable research.
In this book, they are working somewhat apart, for two reasons. One has to do with developments in their friendship, and the other has to do with two separate cases. Lise puts herself in some very difficult situations in order to nail a killer, while cardinal has to deal an idiot who is the lead on the case he is working.
We read a log from someone who had been on an arctic scientific station, and we read about someone who kidnaps women and allows them to freeze to death. The two narratives are clearly connected but we really don't learn the specifics until near the end of the book.
The hunt for the killer is interesting and leads from Algonquin Bay to Ottawa, Parry Sound and Toronto. The end is part a bit of a thriller in terms of will they get there in time, but Blunt handles the sequence in great style.
There is a great plot and great characters. What else does a reader need?
Most recent customer reviews
Captivating from page ONE till the END can't wait for the next book I'M hookedPublished 11 months ago by Dianne
After discovering this series, have ordered every book and just found out I bought one out of order. Am sort of glad, because that means I have one more to read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BevMar
It was a bit hard to follow at the start until I realized there are two stories going on here. Some chapters were written about a detective and his colleague investigating... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Frances
The descriptions of survival in the Arctic are very well done. The actual crime scenes were a bit too gruesome for me. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2014 by Ken Wilson
Gilles Blunt at his best. This book can only be surpassed by his first one...Isn't that the way? I can't wait for another.Published on Jan. 20 2014 by Andrea Pheasey
If you like Ian Rankin and if you have ever been to the high artic you will love this novel.Published on Sept. 4 2013 by Paul Peltola
I got four of them for my husband after I heard another writer sing the praises of Giles Blunt.... as the Canadian version of Peter Robinson. Read morePublished on July 25 2013 by Hermione