Forty Words for Sorrow

Forty Words for Sorrow

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"One of the best novels of [the year]. . . Giles Blunt has a tremendous talent." --Tony Hillerman

"Forceful . . . surprising . . . [Blunt's] insights into suffering and madness give his characters their true voice." -- The New York Times

In the quiet Canadian town of Algonquin Bay, a frozen body has been found in an abandoned mine shaft. She is quickly identified as Katie Pine, a teenager who had disappeared months ago. At the time, Detective John Cardinal insisted that Katie was no ordinary runaway. His relentless pursuit and refusal to give up on the case got him demoted from Homicide. But now the Canadian police force wants Cardinal back on the case--with a new associate by his side. And as these two untrusting partners gather evidence of a serial murder spree, a pair of sociopaths is closing in on the next victim.

Winner of The Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction
Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2005, c2001
Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780425206928
0425206920
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BLUNT 2005
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 40 words for sorrow

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When the decomposed body of 13-year-old Katie Pine is found in an abandoned mine shaft, Detective John Cardinal is vindicated. He'd kept the Pine case open, and was demoted for his zeal. But Katie isn't the only youngster to disappear in the Canadian town of Algonquin Bay..


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Lori_71
Dec 10, 2016

I was not expecting to like this book...(the Louise Penny book I wanted to read was not available so I decided to try this author) but I really, really, really enjoyed it. While the content is somewhat grim, it is like you are there in Algonquin Bay while you are reading it. I find the characters are also very well done. I plan to read more Giles Blunt in the near future.

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gsbenham1986
Sep 11, 2014

The definition of generic.

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monkers1ze
Jun 26, 2011

I really enjoyed the characters. Its nice reading a book with canadian content.

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LindaFalls
Dec 26, 2010

I stumbled upon Giles Blunt and found his Cardinal series to be very compelling. His characters are complex and detailed. You can't iss with this writer.

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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 local author and this book is great.

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