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A Door in the River [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

Inger Ash Wolfe
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July 31 2012
When Henry Weist, Port Dundas, Ontario's likeable hardware store owner is found dead in the parking lot of a cigarette shop on a local First Nation reserve, apparently of a bee sting, and with more deaths to follow, Hazel Micallef finds herself involved in one of the most sensational and shocking cases of her career. And one that literally goes underground to get to the bottom of what turns out to be a vengeful, murderous rampage. Behind the scenes of the investigation, Hazel is dealing with an 87-year-old mother who seems to have lost the will to live; the complications of procedures and protocols, political manoeuvrings within the force itself, including the promotion of her former nemesis to whom she will now report.

In Hazel Micallef, Wolfe has created one of the more intriguing and no-nonsense protagonists in crime fiction. Brilliantly plotted and pyschologically complex, and rewarding, A Door in the River is the strongest, most haunting Hazel Micallef mystery yet.

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"Hazel Micallef is strong, witty and smart, and Wolfe has developed her and her family and co-workers into a superb series. . . . Wolfe is a master at atmosphere and setting, capturing perfectly the glory of small-town Ontario in May. And Micallef is a marvelous creation . . . highly satisfying . . . " -- Globe and Mail

"A terrifyingly addictive series -- I'm hooked! Detective Hazel Micallef investigates the creepiest of crimes." -- Mo Hayder

"Keeps the reader's heart pounding from first page to last . . . " -- Toronto Star

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INGER ASHE WOLFE is the pseudonym for author Michael Redhill.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 3 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Oh, it has been waaaay too long since the last book by Inger Ash Wolfe in this absolutely wonderful Canadian series! My copy of A Door in the River arrived - I set it aside and picked the day I would read it. Yes, the one day, because I absolutely knew I wouldn't be able to put it down. (And I was right!)

A Door in the River again returns us to Port Dundas, Ontario and Inspector Hazel Micallef. Hazel is a wonderfully different protagonist - one I cannot get enough of. She is sixtyish, lives with her eighty eight year old mother (who is great character on her own - her snappy comebacks are priceless), has just recovered from back surgery (she recuperated in the basement of her ex husband and his new wife) and has finally kicked her addiction to pain pills, although whiskey still calls to her. She is obstinate, intelligent, tenacious and not the easiest person to get along with. But is she a good cop? Yes, but her talents will be tested with this latest case.

"The force of her will and her peculiar way of building evidence for a case was something to see. He understood why she'd driven Ray Greene crazy. And in the end you had to agree with her! There was no way you were going to make your own logic as internally consistent as hers. Supposedly this was "instinct". He'd never really seen it. Too bad she wielded it like a mallet."

A local all round good guy is found dead behind a native smoke shop on reservation land. The local band police investigate and do an autopsy. Death is ruled accidental - anaphylactic shock by a wasp sting. But Hazel knew the man and can't help but wonder why he was on the reserve late at night - he didn't smoke, the store was closed and why was he parked back in the shadows? And so she decides to re-examine their findings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Continuing Mystery Series Oct. 4 2012
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I wasn't quite as blown away with this third entry into the Hazel Micallef mystery series as I was with the first two but I still thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced exciting thriller with a unique plot. The author manages to tell a story set upon a First Nations reserve with a few First Nations characters, even involving some issues of contention such as the sale of cheap cigarettes on reserves, without ever turning the story into one about race or race relations; in fact, the setting has nothing to do with the plot. I was highly impressed with this. The actual type of crime involved here is a secret which isn't let out until halfway through the book so I won't mention it but it is a very intriguing premise, especially the way that the author leads us up to it starting off with the violent murders of men, then an attack on one of their wives. I really enjoyed the mystery story here and found the dark, realistic ending true to life. I also absolutely delighted in the continuation of Hazel's relationship with her aging mother, plus the inside political story of the amalgamation of police forces into one big super-station which Hazel, is of course, against and leaves her now under the direct command of her former subordinate and nemesis. These plot points should carry over to the next book well.

PS: The real "Inger Ashe Wolfe" has finally 'fessed-up; Michael Redhill, wrote an articles on his subterfuge, but the whole thing is rather disappointing since I've never heard of him. Why use a pseudonym when only a unique clique knows who you are? Ah well, at least he plans on continuing as "Inger" for a while longer yet!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good "beach read" Sept. 13 2012
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The latest Inger Ash Wolfe novel is a good "beach read": it moves fast, has intersting characters, and a fair bit of action. However, the whole premise of all the subterranean "goings on" (not to give away the story) is preposterous. Ash Wolfe's first two novels were quite plausible but this one definitely straddles the line. Nonethless, it is fun to read.
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