"As good as Canadian crime fiction gets — great characters, a perfect murder setting, solid plotting and great pacing. This series would make a great television series."
— The Globe and Mail
"Although Canadian mystery writers have achieved national and international standing, none are as exceptional, or as original, as Giles Blunt."
— Telegraph Journal
"A marvellously controlled writer, equally confident with characters and narrative."
— Toronto Star
"Confirms his position among the very best of contemporary thriller writers world-wide."
— The Sherbrooke Record
A year after the death of his beloved and troubled wife, John Cardinal has moved into a new condo. He has fallen into an easy routine of work on cold cases 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.