Black Fly Season

Black Fly Season

Book - 2005
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Winner of Britain's Silver Dagger and Canada's Arthur Ellis awards, shortlisted for Bouchercon's Hammett, Anthony, and Macavity prizes, Giles Blunt returns with this third intensely disturbing crime novel. When a beautiful young woman stumbles into a rough Algonquin Bay tavern covered in black fly bites, bits of leaves stuck in her curly red hair, the bartender knows she is either dumb or high. No one in Algonquin Bay goes out unprotected in black fly season. "Red," as the local cops come to call her, is neither, but it takes a full examination to discover that her woozy behavior isn't due to drugs or diminished mental capacity. Red has a bullet in her brain. And no memory of how it got there or who she is. If homicide detectives John Cardinal and Lisa Delorme haven't a clue to her identity, they do know she is in mortal danger. Someone tried to kill her. Someone thought she was dead. Someone will try again if word leaks out she is not.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.
ISBN: 9780399152559
Call Number: BLUNT
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Ontario -- Fiction.
Policewomen -- Fiction.
Police -- Ontario -- Fiction.
Delorme, Lise (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Cardinal, John (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Alternative Title: Blackfly season


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Jun 18, 2017

Despite the black flies there was no buzz in this thriller. We know whodunnit early and the plot is thin so Blunt drags out the pages by adding a voodoo villain and a mental health episode with Cardinal's wife.

Sep 04, 2013

quite gruesome in bits.

Mar 28, 2013

Continued solid writing from Blunt. Recommend it. Also recommend the series be read in order, although that is not necessary.

Jan 15, 2010

See Giles Blunt at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sat. Aug. 7, 2010. Part of the Celebrated Writers Series.

Nov 29, 2009

Not Blunt's best, but Cardinal is Cardinal. Hopefully we get more from Blunt soon.

Nov 04, 2007

I love this author who is also from Ontario. This book was great.


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