Friday, 10 August 2012

Armchair Novel Review - Until the Night by Giles Blunt

Until the Night
A John Cardinal Mystery
by Giles Blunt
Hardcover, 320 pages
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback

Wow. This most recent installment of the John Cardinal mystery series blew me away. This is Giles Blunt doing for Canada what Jo Nesbo did for Norway. He has created a dark and convoluted mystery novel that spans Canada from the far north to the near north to Toronto. Most of us only see part of this vast country, generally the warmer part, and when we think of its vastness we most likely think of east to west. Blunt has us thinking north and south and everything Canadian in between.

A woman is found frozen to death, mysteriously garbed in new outdoor clothing and chained in place. A Thermos is near her, giving her the slightest chance of survival, or to prolong her ordeal.

Until the Night weaves a couple of intense mysteries together while exploring the delicate nature of John Cardinal and Lise Delorme's relationship, all against the most Canadian of backdrops. A Canada that most of us haven't seen before.

This is Blunt's best novel yet, I simply could not put it down. It is haunting and riveting and brilliant.
GILES BLUNT grew up in North Bay, Ontario. After spending over twenty years in New York City, he now lives in Toronto. He has written scripts for Law & Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, and is the author of the bestselling Cardinal crime series, which he is adapting as a television series for CTV. He has won the British Crime Writers' Macallan Silver Dagger and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. Until the Night is his sixth novel featuring John Cardinal and Lise Delorme.