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By the Time You Read This (2006)
by Giles Blunt
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805080619, Hardcover)
Detective John Cardinal is on the hunt for an ingenious killer even as he mourns his own wife’s tragic death in this thriller of heart-stopping suspense
Autumn has arrived in Algonquin Bay, and with it an unusual spate of suicides. The most shocking victim yet is Detective John Cardinal’s wife, who has finally succumbed to her battle with manic depression. As Cardinal takes time to grieve, his partner, Lise Delorme, handles an unsavory assignment: a young girl appears in a series of unspeakable photos being traded online, and background elements indicate she lives in Algonquin Bay. Delorme is desperate to find the girl before she suffers more abuse.
When Cardinal receives a string of hateful anonymous notes about his wife’s death, he begins to suspect homicide. His colleagues believe he is too distraught to think clearly, and he’s forced to investigate alone. In doing so, he comes up against a brand of killer neither he—nor the reader—has ever seen before.
In his most masterful and thrilling novel yet, Giles Blunt confirms his reputation as a rising international star in crime fiction, and positions Detective John Cardinal among the finest characters in the genre.
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"Autumn is peaceful in Algonquin Bay. It's the one gorgeous season that makes sense of all others. But even autumn can be cruel, and this year its beauty is tinged with something sinister." "Sergeant Lise Delorme has been handed an unsavory assignment from the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit; a young girl appears in a series of unspeakable photos being traded online among sexual predators, and background elements indicate that she may live in Alonquin Bay. Delorme's partner and friend, John Cardinal, is not fit to help her with the investigation; in fact, Cardinal has suffered a loss so devastating that his colleagues fear for his sanity. Where Cardinal suspects a heinous crime, others see only a tragic and unavoidable event."."As Delorme closes in on one predator, Cardinal receives the first in a string of menacing letters, and his hunt for an elusive murderer gains momentum. Soon, he will find himself tracking a killer so ingenious that the accepted bounds of criminal justice do not apply."--BOOK JACKET.
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