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Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt
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Black Fly Season (2005)

by Giles Blunt

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It's early summer in Algonquin Bay and someone is trying to kill a young red-haired woman, but after being shot in the head, she cannot remember her own name or where she's from, let alone why anyone would want to hurt her. Detectives Cardinal and Delorme investigate.

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This book was recently made into a TV miniseries called Cardinal which just concluded on CTV. I decided to read the book in stages after each program was aired so that the plot would not be revealed until after I saw the TV version. As usual, I thought the written version was much better but the TV show is cinematically great.

Detective John Cardinal works for the Algonquin Bay Police Force. He and his partner, Lise Delorme, are called into the hospital when a red-haired young woman is brought in with a gunshot wound in her head. Due to brain damage caused by the bullet she cannot remember who she is or who shot her. She has no identification and there are no missing persons reports which match her description. As Cardinal and Delorme work on her case a mutilated dead body turns up. The victim was a member of a local biker gang who have a reputation for controlling the drug trade in the area. It seems that an outsider is infiltrating the drug trade and the biker was killed to obtain the gang's stash. But his hands, feet and head were removed and the cave where he was found was covered in strange hieroglyphics. The gunshot victim might be another casualty of the same interloper and Cardinal and Delorme are hoping that as she regains her memory she will tell them where to find him.

There are some substantial differences between the book and the TV show and I don't think that all the changes were necessary. If you have watched the TV show, do yourself a favour and read this book. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 10, 2018 |
Pretty gory 8n a couple spots, but good story line ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jul 11, 2017 |
A beautiful redheaded girl shows up in a Tavern in Algonquin Bay acting rather strangely and covered with black fly bites and leaves. She has no memory of who she is or what happened, but they discover she has a bullet in her brain. The bullet is removed, but homicide detectives John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme assume she is in danger, and try to protect her. She suddenly regains the memory of who she is, but still doesn't remember the shooting. She also doesn't give full information to the police such as she was visiting her brother, a drug addict because she doesn't want to get in in trouble. However, two murders are discovered and she keeps going out. Then she disappears. The plot is mixed up with drug trafficers, a motorcycle gang, and a central American shaman. ( )
  Hanneri | Nov 10, 2014 |
This is the third book in his police procedural series, and Giles Blunt has offered up a page-turning thriller that involves drugs, murder, biker gangs and a witness with amnesia caused by being shot in the head. Cardinal and Delorme are working on this difficult case and at the same time battling the multitudes of black flies that make being outdoors in Northern Ontario a misery in the month of May.

I enjoy the Canadian setting of these books, as the fictional town of Algonquin Bay substitutes for North Bay, Ontario, and I find the characters are mostly well developed and interesting to read about. He has captured the feel of a smaller, northern town and the historical details about the military bases not having the same importance as in the days of the Cold War certainly rang true. I would however, like to see both the main characters developed a little more, especially Lise Delorme. She was very much present in the story, but had no character growth to speak of. The author does seem to have a great deal of knowledge regarding police procedures and the cooperation that is required from city, provincial and RCMP forces.

I fully intend to read on into this series and I am looking forward to seeing where Blunt takes Cardinal and Delorme next. ( )
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It's early summer on Algonquin Bay and the black flies aren't the only ones out for blood. Someone is trying to kill a young red-haired woman, but after being injured in the head she cannot remember her own name or where she's from, let alone why anyone would want to hurt her. Then a body turns up, horribly mutilated. Wombat Guthrie, biker and drug dealer, has taken his last ride. It seems  inconceivable that the two cases could be linked, but as detectives Cardinal and Delorme pursue their investigations the name 'Red Bear' keeps cropping up. An Iroquois shaman, Red Bear has recently moved into the drug trade, enlisting the aid of the 'spirit' world to direct his followers to rival gangs' drugs and money. In return, the spirits demand sacrifice - human sacrifice...
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