Algonquin Bay, Ontario experiences a rare January warm
front that awakens the bears that should remain in
hibernation. When a dog brings home a piece of an arm, the
local police initiate a search for the rest of the body
parts. Through diligent investigative work they conclude
that the victim is a former CIA agent who worked in
Montreal in 1970 during the French Canadian separatist
movement that turned violent.
While Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme work the
case, a doctor goes missing until her nude body is found in
an isolated part of the town. The police link up the two
murders because the rare AB type blood was found in the
doctor's office and the first victim's car. They believe
the perpetrator was injured and needed medical assistance.
To learn who is getting away with murder the two detectives
travel to Montreal to try to reconstruct the events that
happened over three decades ago to see if one of their
interviewees will lead them to the killer.
THE DELICATE STORM is a very well written police procedural
that takes the reader back in time to the violence of the
seventies during the Vietnam protests and the French
Canadian separatist movement. The police methodically
follow each piece of new evidence and try to connect all
the pieces to form the larger picture, but the cases prove
difficult and the detectives frequently become frustrated
at their lack of progress. It is very entertaining to
follow the investigation with its frustrations and
triumphs. Giles Blunt is rapidly becoming one of the best
writers of psychological suspense.