The Delicate Storm

The Delicate Storm

Book - 2003
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When the dismembered corpse of an American tourist turns up half-eaten by bears in the woods near Algonquin Bay, Detective John Cardinal is assigned to the case. Usually his small-town cases practically solve themselves, but not only does he not have a single lead this time, but both the RCMP and CSIS get involved. Then a well-respected woman is found frozen under a glaze of ice, and Cardinal realizes that the two very different murders might well be linked.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada. 2003.
ISBN: 9780770429393
0770429394
9780679310587
0679310584
Characteristics: 283 p. ;,24 cm.

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GLNovak
Sep 12, 2015

This was an interesting low-key murder mystery full of Canadian references to the October Crisis, provincial politics, local policing, the RCMP, CSIS, and the CIA. Actually a little confusing sometimes to keep all the bureaucracies and their roles separate and straight, but that's life. Detective John Cardinal and his partner Detective Lise Delorme work methodically to unravel many threads, and in the end we understand what happened but are left frustrated. This can happen with murder cases. The setting of Northern Ontario during an ice storm heightens the frustration level - how to actually investigate while trying to manage the weather is an unwanted challenge.

HRDR Feb 12, 2013

Well written. Subtle humour. Interesting plot. Realistic, yet restrained in relation to violence and language. I'm surprised I'd never heard of this author before, considering the quality of the writing.

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StratfordFestival
Jan 15, 2010

See Giles Blunt at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sat. Aug. 7, 2010. Part of the Celebrated Writers Series. www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com/celebratedwriters

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

I love this author and the fact that he is from Ontario. I didn't particularly like the ending of this book though.

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