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Until the Night
by Giles Blunt
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Random House, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Until the Night follows Crime Machine as the sixth in Giles Blunt's outstanding series, starring insightful Canadian police detective John Cardinal, who lives and works in Northern Ontario's fictional town of Algonquin Bay. John grieved desperately over his wife's murder in previous episodes. Now he spends a great deal of time on and off the job with his good friend and trusted colleague, Lise Delorme.

The author moves his story back and forth in time and place - between the modern police investigation of missing women in Algonquin Bay, and a disruptive love triangle amongst a bunch of researchers isolated in the Arctic on Drift Station Arcosaur. How do they relate? Of course, we know that we will eventually find out. The missing women are eventually discovered chained up and abandoned to die slowly from the cold, but wearing new winter parkas and boots. What can possibly be going on in the mind of their killer?

Adding to the reader's interest, Delorme and Cardinal's burgeoning relationship hits a crisis. Lise Delorme's anger over perceived job discrimination, and her burning desire to take down powerful pervert Leonard Priest, drives her seriously off the reservation and into a dangerous world of violent sex games. A furious Lise tells John Cardinal that, 'to be taken seriously, I just have to crack a high-profile case ... And be male.' But her driving ambition causes her to play with fire.

The grand finale is a race against time to save a final victim, despite the incompetence of John Cardinal's colleague who heads the case. And, of course, Lise Delorme gets her man too. As always, Giles Blunt delivers a unique thriller, with engaging but complex leads and killings deeply rooted in past events. Not to be missed!

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