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Author Giles Blunt spins a highly disturbing tale in Blackfly Season. It's summer in Algonquin Bay and the black flies are driving people a little mad, including Detective Cardinal and his partner Lise Delorme. A young woman has wandered into an Algonquin bar without money, keys, ID or her memory. The reason? A bullet lodged in her brain. Assuming whoever tried to kill her may want to finish the job, Cardinal begins to piece together his investigation. Subsequent clues and the discovery of a biker's corpse with head, hands and feet removed, connect the two cases. His investigation takes him into the path of a mysterious figure, known as Red Bear, who is vying for the leadership of the Algonquin drug trade. Inspired by real cult murders that happened on the Mexican/US border, Blackfly Season pulses towards a chilling conclusion.

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Jack Stewart
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I liked the way this book moved, I liked the way the tension built. The dialogue was a highlight. I enjoyed reading the book so much I wasn't putting it down. I could smell the goo in the cauldron, I smelt the corpse, the rain, the flies biting.

Red Bear and Leon were a realistic pair. Somebody like a Red Bear finds his Leons all the time. I don't know how - there's just some innate ability that they find their Leon who is just a haircut and a different coloured shirt away from being the same as a Red Bear. They become controlling, and get Leons to go along with everything they want. Red Bear shows that some people have evil in them, and there's no doctor or anybody else that's going to remove it.

I liked Detective John Cardinal. He carried the burden of being a police officer and investigating crimes like this, and he also carried a burden at home of having a bipolar spouse. There's a lot of realism to him. One scene I liked was near the end when Cardinal's got all the papers and documents spread out on the table, and he's just sitting there spreading papers and not even focusing on them, just looking at everything in their entirety. That's a reality when you have a big file that's ongoing, a whodunit with different leads that go in so many different directions.

I appreciated Blunt's work with respect to the police investigation and his background checks. A good book.

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