Flat-signed by author on title page. He has captured the feel of a smaller, northern town and the historical details about the military bases not having the same importance as in the days of the Cold War certainly rang true. Cardinal fans, and those who haven't experienced him before, won't be disappointed by the veteran detective's latest outing, which has enough twists and turns to keep them guessing, and they will, no doubt, be eager to read his fourth adventure. Signed on the inside title page by author. The narrative, complex but not over-burdened with a myriad of subplots, flows nicely. Red Bear stood close to the fire and stretched toward the sky, every muscle in his body straining The veins in his neck stood out like electrical cords His voice had gone thin and raspy and the words came streaming out of him with a terrible urgency The words if in fact they were words collided with one another Blackfly Season, page 94 According to Detective John C Red Bear stood close to the fire and stretched toward the sky, every muscle in his body straining The veins in his neck stood out like electrical cords His voice had gone thin and raspy and the words came streaming out of him with a terrible urgency The words if in fact they were words collided with one another Blackfly Season, page 94 According to Detective John Cardinal, the truly diabolical thing about blackflies is their stealthy silence there is no warning and no chance of a pre emptive strike Every year at the beginning of May, the blackflies take over Algonquin Bay, swarming in clouds out of their winter wombs in the standing water of lakes, creeks and swamps But this year, the blackflies aren t the only ones to make their way into town A self proclaimed shaman and card carrying member of the Chippewa First Nations has also arrived Known only as Red Bear, the mysterious figure has recruited three young men from town who share a history of drug use and living on the fringe.
Blackfly Season is a superior thriller. It's early summer in Algonquin Bay and the black flies aren't the only ones out for blood. Hthe leader is a pretty scary character, especially given his exterior calm. Size: Octavo standard book size. I always enjoy the descriptions of life in northern Ontario because my family has a cabin there and I can relate to what it's like there.
Blunt depicts these folks as harbouring some alter corrupt motive i. I wasn't crazy about how over-the-top the main antagonist was, but I have to admit that he was different from the usual serial killers if there is such a thing! The serial killers only attack young victims but John Cardinal strives hard to solve this crime and bring the criminals to justice. Much better than The Delicate Storm. So this was a mostly enjoyable read for me. It makes me question how much 'actual' research Blunt carried out.
I enjoyed how the author continued to add dimensions to the main characters. An action thriller, there is a dark side to this novel beyond the murders as it delv Spoiler alert When a young woman shows up in Algonquin Bay suffering from apparent amnesia and blackfly bites, suspicions of something not quite right prove to be correct. It soon becomes clear that she was shot in the head with a handgun using old ammunition. It was a bit grittier than the others, nicely suspenseful and well-paced. The John Cardinal series has also been made into television series and Giles Blunt is busy nowadays writing scripts for further part of the television series. He has his own criminal secret from the past which constantly keeps him haunting. Readers do not have to be devotees of genre crime fiction to enjoy Blackfly Season.
Blunt depicts these folks as harbouring some alter corrupt motive i. Hints of Cardinal's patronizing tone as well as several false notes in an otherwise excellent portrayal of a manic attack of manic-depressive Catherine bother me. Known only as Red Bear, the mysterious figure has recruited three young men from town who share a history of drug use and living on the fringe. A young woman has been shot in the head. The action will glue readers to the page, but the plot is equally moving in its quieter, more poignant moments when Cardinal, whose wife suffers from bouts of severe depression, must take time to handle family matters.
I looked it up in Wikipedia and it seems like Blunt did some reasonable research into the religion -- at least it seemed to match what Blunt described. Dogged police work, as opposed to quantum leaps of plot logic, turns Blackfly Season into a credible, dramatic yarn. Blunt has an easy to read prose style and turn a sentence if the mood hits. Blunt's descriptive writing skills are exceptional. He is also the author of the John Cardinal novels, set in the small town of Algonquin Bay, in Northern Ontario Blunt grew up in North Bay, and Al I very much enjoyed this book without being aware that it was number three in a series until I was reading the reviews after I finished it Now I will have to go back and read the first two.
Again, excellent, compelling suspense with Cardinal's bi-polar wife -- painful suspense with regard to her condition and safety. There were elements about this story that enjoyed more than the first two books. There are also continuity errors that a decent editor should have fixed. I would however, like to see both the main characters developed a little more, especially Lise Delorme. After discovering she's somehow survived a horrific attack, John Cardinal and Lise Delorme find themselves hunting down a man with a power they've never imagined. The woman has a bullet in her brain--and no memory of how it happened or who she is. Blunt creates believable characters, even among the bad people in his books.
I especially like th This is the third John Cardinal story I've read so far. First edition, first printing as evidenced by a complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Giles Blunt on the title page with no inscription; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition; dust jacket is protected by a Brodart sleeve. Category: Crime Fiction; Canada; Modern; 84989; Canadian Literature. Flat-signed by author on title page. The novel shows Detective John Cardinal assigned to a case of a murdered American tourist. Neither is true—it turns out that she has a bullet lodged in her brain and is temporarily unable to recall who she is, why she is in Algonquin Bay and how she got shot.
He was born in Ontario in the year 1952. I have to admit, though, that Mr. The flies attack viciously, covering the victim in bites and bloody red marks. It seems inconceivable that the two cases could be linked, but as detectives Cardinal and Delorme pursue their invesigations the name 'Red Bear' keeps cropping up. Most authors flunk this test and, basically, rewrite the same novel over and over again. The first Cardinal story, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers' Silver Dagger, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for best novel.