Crime Machine (John Cardinal, Book 5)
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The long-awaited new instalment in the award-winning, bestselling John Cardinal mystery series.
A year after the death of his beloved and troubled wife, Catherine, John Cardinal has moved into a new, but very humid, condo. He has fallen into an easy routine of work on cold case files and platonic movie nights with friend and colleague Lise Delorme. The quiet of a snow-covered Algonquin Bay is shattered when the decapitated bodies of two people are found in a summer home on Trout Lake. The victims, visitors from Russia, are in Algonquin Bay attending the annual fur auction. This is by no means a routine murder investigation as Cardinal soon discovers, but a horrific piece of a very twisted puzzle. Blunt has, once again, given us a page-turning plot, a remarkable cast of characters and the comfort of John Cardinal at the helm.
From the Hardcover edition.
under either name, but he’s now the chief suspect in several gruesome murders in the States—all of them where he has a slight connection but no obvious motive.” “People annoy him, so he cuts their heads off.” “He has his so-called children do it. The guy who attacked you was one Jackson Till. He’s done time in the Texas state pen for rape, manslaughter and aggravated assault. Are you okay? How are you holding up?” Delorme had gone pale. She closed her eyes and shook her head. “I can’t stop
photograph’s harsh monochrome could not mar the shining hair, the regal cheekbones, the erotic intelligence in Irena Bastov’s eyes. Cardinal slipped the passports into a Baggie, put them in his pocket and knelt to take a closer look at the clothes. Health conscious, the two of them. Running shoes and gym gear for both. Then, under a stack of cashmere sweaters, a fifteen-inch Apple laptop. Cardinal carried it over to the desk and opened it up next to the telephone. “Mr. Dee, do you have records
put it another way—Vehicle One was the first car there after the snowfall Thursday morning. Vehicle Two tires aren’t going to get us far. Wheel base gives us a compact, tires are the most common Goodyear snow tires, all four wheels. Vehicle One is a mid-size with Bridgestone Blizzard Grips, again all four wheels. Width and load rating would suit a range of pricier sedans: BMW, Saturn and Acura. The tires were discontinued three years ago, but you know the tire stores keep records of what they
scents of lemon and lavender wafting up between her knees. He washed her left foot, the sole, the arch, the ankle, in between the toes. A sexual tingle up the inside of her leg. When the foot was soapy enough, he gripped it with both hands and rubbed the sole with his thumbs, warm swirling circles that made her sleepy even while they tickled. He bent her toes back and rubbed each one, giving each a gentle tug. Nikki fixed her eyes on the top of his head, the short hair much flecked with grey.
won’t inconvenience you too much.” “Hell no,” McLeod said. “We can use the entertainment.” “Detective Cardinal?” “As long as you don’t go barging into crime scenes unannounced. I want one investigation here, not two.” “Absolutely,” Mendelsohn said. “Word of honour. I’m at your service, minute my clothes are dry.” — Lise Delorme was in her cubicle catching up on her reports when her cellphone chirped, indicating a text message. It was from Shane. Lise—sorry 2 do this by txt msg but Im in