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.
Evoking the Canadian winter and the hearts of the killers and cops in icily realistic prose, Giles Blunt has produced a masterful crime novel.
• Winner of the British Crime Writers Association's Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction
• Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award
• Hardcover has been published in the US and UK to stellar reviews
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and now lives in New York City. He’s written scripts for Law & Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, and is the author of Cold Eye. He is at work on his next crime novel, The Delicate Storm, also set in the fictional town of Algonquin Bay and featuring Detective John Cardinal.
"Don’t read it just because it’s a good crime novel and because once you’ve begun, you won’t put it down until you’re finished. Read it because it’s excellent."
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
"The final pages present the sort of ending rare in crime fiction, one which compels readers to congratulate everybody in sight — themselves, the book’s characters and particularly the author."
—The Toronto Star
"Forty Words for Sorrow is the most horrifying horror story since Silence of the Lambs."
—The Los Angeles Times
"I wish I’d written Forty Words for Sorrow."