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Forty words for sorrow /
Giles Blunt.
imprint
New York : G.P Putnam's Sons, c2001.
description
344 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0399147527 (alk. paper)
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author
imprint
New York : G.P Putnam's Sons, c2001.
isbn
0399147527 (alk. paper)
general note
"A Marian Wood book."
catalogue key
4584124
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Arthur Ellis Awards, CAN, 2001 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-10-15:
Detective John Cardinal, once of homicide, now of burglary, has just been reassigned back to homicide and partnered with Lisa Delorme, formerly a detective with the Special Investigations squad. Delorme is investigating Cardinal undercover while ostensibly working with him to locate five missing, possibly dead children and teens in Algonquin Bay, Canada. Convincing police detail and realistic depictions of a Canadian winter combine with a well-paced story and fleshed-out characters to create an enticing and intriguing tale. James Daniels combines tonal variations with changes in pitch to differentiate among the characters. His diction is clear, and his speech is paced to the story. Recommended for popular fiction collections and public libraries with a demand for mysteries set in Canada. Laurie Selwyn, San Antonio P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-05-21:
This brooding tale of a search for a serial killer in rural Ontario takes its title from the often-quoted fact that Eskimos have 40 words for snow. "What people really need is forty words for sorrow," thinks Det. John Cardinal, whose glum outlook aptly mirrors the mood of Blunt's atmospheric thriller. The story begins when the frozen body of 13-year-old Chippewa Katie Pine is discovered on one of the Manitou Islands near Algonquin Bay, Ontario. Cardinal, whose obsessive search for the missing girl when she first disappeared six months earlier got him kicked off the case, ends up back in the good graces of his superiors. Or so he thinks. But his new partner, Lisa Delorme, fresh from the Office of Special Investigations (think Internal Affairs), has been paired with Cardinal so she can covertly investigate him at the same time. Dogging Cardinal's record is his connection with drug dealer Kyle Corbett. Each time the police tried to bust Corbett, he was warned by someone on the inside; Cardinal, who is burdened with a guilty secret and a wife who's in and out of mental institutions, is the prime suspect. Focusing initially on Cardinal, Blunt (author of the praised Cold Eye) opens up the plot by chronicling what happens to the next potential victim of what the newspapers are calling the Windigo Killer. While the plot is formulaic (combining both a least-likely-suspect twist and a you-may-think-it's-over-but-it's-not finale), the plangent atmosphere gradually and effectively permeates the reader's consciousness. The characters achieve dimension slowly, like figures in a developing Polaroid, and then become vivid. Sorrow is palpable, and readers making their way through the book will feel like they're walking hunched over against a steady, chilling wind but the final destination, like Cardinal's final redemption, is well earned and well worth the trip. Agent, Helen Heller. (June 25) Forecast: Glowing advance praise from the likes of Jonathan Kellerman, Tony Hillerman and Lee Child augurs well for this deserving, intelligent thriller. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Globe & Mail, October 2000
Kirkus Reviews, April 2001
Booklist, May 2001
Publishers Weekly, May 2001
Library Journal, June 2001
New York Times Book Review, July 2001
Los Angeles Times, August 2001
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Summaries
Publisher Fact Sheet
Two homicide cops team up to hunt down a pair of monstrous sociopaths responsible for the abduction of several children in a small Canadian town in the dead of winter.
Unpaid Annotation
A riveting portrayal of two monstrous sociopaths and the cops who track them, Forty Words for Sorrow is tense and terrifying as it crosscuts between the cops in pursuit and the killers toying with their latest victim. "Blunt has done for Canada's north what James Lee Burke did for Cajun Louisiana". Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail 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 who'd 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 Lisa 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 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.
Unpaid Annotation
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 who'd 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 Lisa 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 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.

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