Forty Words for Sorrow
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The first in a series of spine-chilling thrillers featuring Detective John Cardinal and enjoying international raves!
When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence only serves to get him removed from Homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his own past, and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force, Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career — and his family.
Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of an abandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrific truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. With the media, the provincial police and his own department questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuous threads towards the unthinkable. Time isn''t only running out for him, but for another young victim, tied up in a basement wondering how and when his captors will kill him.
When the body of one of the missing kids, Katie Pine, is found encased in ice in a mine shaft of an island in the middle of a lake, Cardinal is called back up to investigate. He's partnered with Francophone Lise Delorme, who also happens to be investigating whether he's a crooked cop.
Cardinal pieces together the evidence found at the crime scene and finds that there was another teen that went missing in Algonquin Bay but wasn't reported because he was from Toronto and it wasn't known he was travelling to Algonquin Bay. He soon finds that body too and the hunt is on to find the killer.
This book is truly Canadian. It takes place in a small town Northern community and everything about it is very Canadian. Blunt also has a great sense of humour and there are some pretty entertaining parts of the book. I really like Blunt's writing style. It's quite fluid and very easy to read. I had read the 2nd book in this series first. This is the first book in the series and I'm eager to read the 3rd one.
When Katie Pine, the missing girl is found encased in a block of ice in a mine shaft Cardinal is brought into the investigation. His new partner is Lise Delorme from Special Investigations. She will help Cardinal but she is also investigating him.
Cardinal finds a disturbing pattern of young teenagers who have gone missing. When yet another one shows up missing Cardinal knows it is just a matter of time before he shows up dead.
Cardinal's wife is in a mental institution and Cardinal suffers along with her. The reader gets caught up in his personal situation.
This is a great mystery and I love the Canadian content