Until the Night

Until the Night

Book - 2012
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It's not unusual for John Cardinal to be hauled out of a warm bed on a cold night in Algonquin Bay to investigate a murder. And at first this dead body, sprawled in the parking lot of Motel 17, looks pretty run of the mill: the corpse has a big bootprint on his neck, and the likely suspect is his lover's outraged husband. But the lover has gone missing. And then Delorme, following a hunch, locates another missing woman, a senator's wife from Ottawa, frozen in the ruins of an abandoned hotel way back in the woods. Spookily, she was chained up and abandoned wearing a new winter parka and boots, with a thermos beside her--as if her murderer was giving her a whisper of a chance at survival.

Neither Delorme nor Cardinal can imagine where their investigation will lead: into a decades-old injustice committed in the high Arctic; into the swingers' world inhabited by an ex-rock star who owns a pub in Algonquin Bay as well as private members' clubs in Toronto and Ottawa; into the insecurity that afflicts Delorme the woman and the cop; and into the deep bond between Delorme and Cardinal, which is at real risk of coming undone.

In Until the Night , Giles Blunt outdoes himself, creating a masterpiece of crime fiction that will not only haunt his fans and readers, but delight and amaze them too.


Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9780679314356
Branch Call Number: M BLU
Characteristics: 300 p. ;,24 cm

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3puffins Apr 20, 2014

I agree with Pisinga. Giles Blunt's writing had really captured me as an avid reader who has lived in northern Ontario and as well knows the very district his detective John Cardinal travels to in Toronto. However, the pleasure I get from reading these mysteries has sunk a lot with the unpleasant sexual elements now creeping in. (Yeah, I guess I'm a prude, but so what! I also like movies that don't have coarse language and blatant nudity.) I'm sure the books will only get worse though and therefore no longer recommend Giles Blunt to my set of friends or my family without embarrassment.

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billmacrotarian
Dec 23, 2013

Until the Night is a John Cardinal murder mystery set in the fictional city of Alonquin Bay Ontario. The location and general description match North Bay. Why Blunt didn't just use North Bay is a mystery in itself. That being said the mystery in the novel is a good one with two separate unrelated narratives converging to a thrilling climax. There's also a side story and budding romance. In the main mystery somebody has chained a woman outdoors in winter to die of hypothermia which, as described, would be a long and painful death. Naturally John Cardinal will figure it out but the fun is in getting there.

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Pisinga
Jun 27, 2013

Parts of the book "From the Blue Notebook" are very powerful. Although the end of it is very similar to those ones that you have already read in other books or saw in movies when there are similar situations.
I dislike too much detailed descriptions of what is going one inside of swingers clubs and some really unnecessary detailed scenes of not orthodox sex. Is it that now every author in order to make his/her book more exiting should to include all that stuff similar to "50 Shades of Grey" or alike? For me this was very disappointing.

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chloecat
Nov 15, 2012

More foul language and sex than usually found in his writing. The story within the story presents a new element. Great read as always.

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emerge
Nov 11, 2012

One of the best in this series.

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Pisinga
Jun 27, 2013

Pisinga thinks this title is suitable for 23 years and over

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