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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giles Blunt Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Cardinal Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103077
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When the badly decomposed body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is found in an abandoned mine shaft, John Cardinal is vindicated. It was Cardinal who’d kept the Pine case open—insisting she was no mere runaway—and Cardinal had been demoted to the burglary squad for his excessive zeal. But Katie Pine isn’t the only youngster to have gone missing in the rural town of Algonquin Bay, and Cardinal is now given the go-ahead to reopen the files on three other lost kids. When another youth is reported missing, he begins to see a pattern that screams “serial killer.” Meanwhile, the brass have partnered him with Lise Delorme, newly shifted to homicide from the Office of Special Investigations, and Cardinal can’t help but wonder if she’s been sent to keep tabs on him. A guilty conscience makes him think so. Superbly paced, with fully-fleshed characters and utterly convincing police detail, Forty Words for Sorrow is also a novel of place that transcends the genre. Blunt puts us in a small Canadian town in the dead of winter and makes us feel the cold, then turns the cold into a metaphor for the destruction of young lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 2/14/2014

    " I really had high hopes for this series since the author's books get such rave reviews. However, I was sorely disappointed. The story started off well, but once the kniller is named half way through, the book lost its momentem. I was so bored, I gave up two thirds of the way into the book, and have added the rest of the books in the series that I own to the donation pile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 2/11/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. It's a murder mystery with a very strong protagonist who sets the tone for a series. I didn't like the rest of the series as much, but that's probably because I am so in love with this book. It's just chilling in all the right ways and places. I love it. It's also interesting because it is set in Canada and I was not familiar with their police force before reading this. I can't say enough good things about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2014

    " Grisly, compelling serial murder thriller set in Ontario, Canada. This is a dark & troubling book which includes torture. Great writing, great pace, great characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/26/2014

    " Pretty good thriller. Not too much mystery, once the "villain" is revealed the books, in my opinion slows down. It didn't keep the mystery long enough. Still a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Doran-girard | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyed this book immensely. It was well written and the story was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 1/16/2014

    " First book I've read by Canadian author Giles Blunt and I will likely pick up another. Blunt has written scripts for Law & Order and - back in the day - for Street Legal. A great crime novel set in small-town Ontario with wonderfully-developed characters. At times a little too graphic for me, but overall a solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 1/5/2014

    " Loved it so much I read it twice. Be sure to read Blunts Black Fly Season! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/31/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 12/6/2013

    " This was my first murder mystery apart from Agatha Christie and I had nightmares. Very well written with descriptive narrative but too much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 12/3/2013

    " good mystery....I devoured it. I will read more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chana | 11/28/2013

    " I didn't like it as much as I expected to. It won a Silver Dagger Award and it had been praised by several other mystery writers, so I expected something more. I thought it was interesting although not riveting and gruesome to the point where I was wishing that I was reading something more pleasant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 11/1/2013

    " The first in the John Cardinal series, set in the frozen north of Canada, the atmosphere and characters are fully developed. Giles Blunt creates a small town world that is so real, I felt like I lived in it. Highly recommended series. And the mysteries are terrifying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Castro | 10/3/2013

    " Blunt is a beautiful writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rabbitprincess | 6/22/2013

    " An excellent debut by Giles Blunt. It is set in Algonquin Bay, Ontario, which is essentially a fictional stand-in for North Bay, where he grew up. The multiple storylines -- John Cardinal's personal situation, his work situation, and of course the murders -- all intersect and interweave nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 5/24/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book, perhaps because the book was set in a small city that I lived in. Also, it dealt with the plight of aboriginal community which also is of great interest to me. I think it was an extremely well written book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantel | 4/7/2013

    " This is the first Canadian Literature book I read that I loved. I remember it was so refreshing to read something that resembles the country I live in as it is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/8/2012

    " This is a really well-written mystery and I would have given it a higher rating except that I also found it very gruesome and disturbing. Read with the lights on high! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 4/18/2012

    " The first in this excellent police procedural set in Canada. The city of "Algonquin Bay" (really North Bay, Ontario) is the setting. The main character has an active conscience, a wife who cycles in and out of mental illness, and an interesting group of co-workers. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Gunn | 12/23/2011

    " I read this on a blistering hot day and since it was set in the frigid fictional town of Alquonin Bay, it was perfect. Blunt sure can set a scene. Brrrrrrr. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Miller | 12/13/2011

    " Great Canadian police procedural thriller with the unlikely team of Cardinal and Delorme searching for truly evil killers. Can't wait to find other books written by Giles Blunt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/5/2011

    " Police procedural takes place in Canada. Serial killer. Susan Hendry recommended the series. I had a hard time getting through this at first, but page turner by the end. Will give the next book a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/19/2011

    " The first in the series. Enjoyable, with a Canadian setting (which I recognized). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/30/2011

    " Pretty good thriller. Not too much mystery, once the "villain" is revealed the books, in my opinion slows down. It didn't keep the mystery long enough. Still a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/22/2011

    " An excellent book. Good, grizzly serial-murder mystery with a great lead character. I also loved Delorme as his sidekick. Do yourself a favor and get involved in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/29/2010

    " Nicely paced mystery set in Northern Ontario. John Cardinal is a well written character. It's gritty and suspenseful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 10/12/2010

    " This was my second read. It was over 5 years since the first time ago so I didn't remember the details. I enjoyed it this time too. The Detective John Cardinal character is still appealing and Lise Delorme intriguing. I have yet to read the newest in the series but I won't wait long now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/6/2010

    " I'm so glad to have discovered Giles Blunt! Good mysteries, very strong sense of place, characters with dimension who provoke you to care about them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 7/24/2010

    " This was my first murder mystery apart from Agatha Christie and I had nightmares. Very well written with descriptive narrative but too much for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ridley | 6/20/2010

    " Very nicely written, but the crime itself was a boring serial killer thing and I hate that -- it's an easy out for a writer. Far more interesting to write believable crimes by ordinary people. Liked the cop plot much more than the criminal plot. By the end I was ready for the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/9/2010

    " Sad, good. Not fast paced. Takes place in Canada. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/12/2010

    " The story kept me guessing for a good part of the book. Towards the end I became a little less interested and could easily guess where the story was heading. A pretty good suspense/thriller kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/27/2010

    " Grisly, compelling serial murder thriller set in Ontario, Canada. This is a dark & troubling book which includes torture. Great writing, great pace, great characterization. "

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