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Starred Review. This bracingly original mystery from the pseudonymous Wolfe opens with the grisly slaying of an elderly cancer sufferer in Port Dundas, a remote Ontario town that has gone years without a homicide. The murder hits at a particularly tough time for 61-year-old Det. Insp. Hazel Micallef, who's struggling to come to terms with a surprise divorce and battles daily with her acerbic 87-year-old mother. A serious staff shortage and an injured back add to the department commander's woes. A second, even more disturbing killing raises the ante for Micallef, who's already doubtful she can solve the first case. As Micallef marshals her forces, Wolfe fans the already high suspense by cutting between them and their elusive quarry. With the body count climbing, the detective puts herself increasingly at risk in a desperate attempt to foil the grand, demented plan that the killer regards as a mission. Billed as a prominent North American literary novelist, Wolfe convincingly lays claim to a new mantle as a first-rate crime writer. (May)
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“The Calling is a wonderful, creepy and suspenseful serial killer novel with enough twists and compelling characters to make you want to devour it all at one sitting.” —Peter Robinson
“A superbly written novel with a brilliantly conceived and realized plot, featuring an aging Ontario Provincial Police officer who is unforgettable.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
“I couldn’t put the damned thing down. . . .” —Los Angeles Times
“You’re in the hands of a master storyteller. The Calling is a stunner – dark, surprising and utterly compelling.” —Mo Hayder
“Hazel Micallef is a Canadian original. . . . You can’t help loving the woman.” —Toronto Star
“Wolfe creates a compelling, unlikely hero and delivers hair-raising thrills. A–.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Had me from the first page and never let me go.” —Kate Atkinson
The characters, the plot, the twists. Fabulous.
You will want it to go on much longer than it does, but the end is satisfying.
Reason for Reading: My sister brought the book to my attention and I saw that Mo Hayder had put a blurb on it so I definitely was intrigued by this new author. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2009 by Nicola Mansfield
This is an excellent gripping novel. Very psychological and well written with good character development.Published on Jan. 5 2009 by Lee McGill