Forty Words for Sorrow

Giles Blunt

Forty Words for Sorrow

The riveting Forty Words for Sorrow put Giles Blunt on the map as a mystery writer, introducing readers to Detective John Cardinal, a loner with a knack for solving the most difficult of cases. In a small Canadian town, four teenagers have gone missing -- and everyone except Cardinal has given up hope of finding them. But when an unexpected lead crops up, Cardinal starts to think the truth is far, far worse than anyone expected: there's a serial killer on the loose, and the next crime could happen at any time.

Forty Words for Sorrow won the 2001 Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger Award.


"It gets dark early in Algonquin Bay. Take a drive up Airport Hill at four o'clock on a February afternoon and when you come back half an hour later, the streets of the city will glitter below you in the dark like so many runways. The forty-sixth parallel may not be all that far north; you can be much further north and still be in the United States, and even London, England, is a few degrees closer to the North Pole. But this is Ontario, Canada, we're talking about, and Algonquin Bay in February is the very definition of winter: Algonquin Bay is snowbound, Algonquin Bay is quiet, Algonquin Bay is very, very cold."

From Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt ©2001. Published by Vintage Canada.

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