Books by Giles Blunt

Giles Blunt is the winner of Britain’s prestigious Silver Dagger and Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award, and has been short-listed for the Hammett, Anthony, and Macavity awards. He lived for twenty-two years in New York, working as a screenwriter and bartender,


NO SUCH CREATURE by Giles Blunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2009

"The result isn't half bad, just less distinctive than Blunt's tales of Algonquin Bay Detective John Cardinal (By the Time You Read This, 2007, etc.)."
The heretofore depressive Blunt puts on his dancing shoes to follow a pair of gentlemen thieves from San Francisco to points south and east. Read full book review >
BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS by Giles Blunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"The result is the most beautifully written, deeply felt page-turner of the year."
Canadian detective John Cardinal (Black Fly Season, 2005, etc.) won't have to worry about his depressive wife anymore: She's taken a fatal plunge from the roof of an apartment building. Read full book review >
BLACK FLY SEASON by Giles Blunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2005

"If the macabre plot, based on a true-crime episode, seems more rote than its predecessors (The Delicate Storm, 2003, etc.), Blunt redeems himself with his searing portrait of a cop unable to prevent his wife's self-destruction."
A woman with a bullet in her brain can't remember who she is or who put it there. Read full book review >
THE DELICATE STORM by Giles Blunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2003

"Beneath the unfortunate mishmash of coincidences is a humdinger of a plot."
Canada's tiny, frigid Algonquin Bay, home to more bears than people, is relatively quiet during an unexpected winter thaw until two bodies are found in the woods within a three-day span. One, which may belong to a visiting American accountant, has been chomped on by bears. The other, bearing signs of rape, is identified as nice Dr. Winter Cates, who recently treated Det. John Cardinal's dad for a heart condition. While Cardinal, working the bear case, bumps into territorial disputes with the RCMP, lies and obstruction from the CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), and hints of FBI encroachment, Det. Lise Delorme focuses on Cates's demise. Before they become convinced they are seeking the same perp, they must eliminate a trapper and a mobster from their suspect list and reexamine a 30-year-old murder chalked up to members of a terrorist cell seeking separatism for Quebec—and especially to the long-missing Yves Grenelle. There'll be links to Quebec city and New York, but the downbeat resolution, which follows Cardinal's dressing-down for prematurely arresting a local nabob, occurs right in Algonquin Bay, during a political fundraiser managed by Paul Laroche, a real-estate mogul with high-powered connections. This time out, author Blunt, who's already trained his microscope on Cardinal's feelings for his wife, a hospitalized depressive (Forty Words for Sorrow, 2001), turns to his relations with his father, with telling sidelights on Canadian politics and prejudices. Read full book review >
FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW by Giles Blunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2001

"Polished, at times poetic but more frequently horrific, and especially moving in dealing with Cardinal's wife Catherine, hospitalized for depression. Former TV writer Blunt (Cold Eye, not reviewed) is a helluva storyteller, and his John Cardinal probably has a long career ahead of him. "
Tiny Algonquin Bay, north of everything except snow, unfortunately has attracted some problems from big-city Toronto. Someone on the police force has been tipping off druglord/counterfeit credit-card kingpin Kyle Corbett about impending raids, and the brutalized body of Katie Pine, the first of three youngsters to go missing over the past year, has just been found embedded in a chunk of ice. Detective John Cardinal, who's eager to be reassigned to the Pine case, gets saddled with Lise Delorme, whose six years with the Office of Special Investigation never brought her any hands-on murder experience. In fact, she seems as keen on investigating him for the Corbett leaks as on helping with the kids' disappearances. While Lise is mounting a sting operation aimed at reeling in Cardinal for the Corbett infractions and the labs in Toronto are busy analyzing fingerprint and fiber evidence in the disappearances/murders, Keith London, a young tourist stopping in the area on his way west, vanishes, and the amiable, nonviolent town burglar is killed with animal ferocity. Dogged footwork leads Cardinal to an abandoned pump house—and a murderous confrontation—but it is Lise who must rescue him when he is gut-shot at his home days later by the distaff half of a serial-killer partnership. Read full book review >