The Delicate Storm Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2004
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 042519678X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425196786
- Dimensions : 4.36 x 0.97 x 6.72 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #470,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blunt weaves a complicated tale of connections that typifies normal excellent police work. On the way, there is some "high jingo" (higher up manipulation) of the evidence and the information. In addition, the book concentrates on interagency cooperation in Canada. Since the victim is American, the investigation falls in the province of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but the lead investigators on the case are local police Cardinal and Delorme.
As the reader moves through the book, slowly the information unfolds. One of the beauties of this book is that the connections and information are so complex, that it is virtually impossible to guess the most likely suspect. Blunt is masterful in creating characters for the reader to ponder, and always with good character development.
In short, Blunt is one of the finest detective mystery writers today. All those interested in the genre should read this book.
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So whammy one, I didn't really have ten percent left. No the final five or six percent of this book is the first chapter of the next book; so in reality I only had a few pages left and by any measure insufficient to justify the early night. This "sneak" preview thing is one of my pet hates [the Memsahib will tell you that I have a menagerie of pet hates, that's probably true, but this one is high on the list, I will read the next book when I am ready and want to read it].
[Warning the next paragraph contains a massive spoiler alert]
Whammy two, by the ninety percent point Cardinal knows who the killer is, and so do we. So anticipating a trap to catch the killer in that final chapter, I was really disappointed to learn that after the snowy confrontation with Cardinal [how does Cardinal get down the mountain when he's not dressed for the weather?] the killer does a runner and avoids the short arm of the Algonquin Bay Police Department and that's it, end of story. Now I suppose that probably happens a lot in real life, but this is fiction and if the baddie gets away that's not really very satisfactory, I don't want reality I want retribution.
[Spoiler alert over]
So in summary a good story that builds on the first book, but disappointingly one with some loose ends, all a bit too contrived and convenient, and on the whole not as good as "Forty Words For Sorrow", although learning what to do when a power cable comes down near me may prove useful one day.
However, although "The Delicate Storm" was disappointing, and while Blunt's descriptions of the weather in northern Ontario in winter is enough to put me off going there [I can't understand why any one would] unlike some of the other reviewers neither the disappointment or the descriptions of the weather are going to put me off the series.
And that third whammy, I should have stayed up to watched Match of Day 2 to see Spurs beat Southampton with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min shredding the Southampton defence, oh well there's always the iPlayer.
Recommended, but if you're new to Cardinal start at the beginning and not here.