on June 16, 2003
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.
on June 11, 2004
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.
on July 25, 2013
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.