The Calling

The Calling

Book - 2009
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There were thirteen crime-scene pictures. Dead faces set in grimaces and shouts. Faces howling, whistling, moaning, crying, hissing. Hazel pinned them to the wall and stood back. It was a silent opera of ghosts. Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef has lived all her days in the small town of Port Dundas and is now making her way toward retirement with something less than grace. Hobbled by a bad back and a dependence on painkillers, and feeling blindsided by divorce after nearly four decades of marriage, sixty-one-year-old Hazel has only the constructive criticism of her old goat of a mother and her own sharp tongue to buoy her. But when a terminally ill Port Dundas woman is gruesomely murdered in her own home, Hazel and her understaffed department must spring to life. And as one terminally ill victim after another is found--their bodies drained of blood, their mouths sculpted into strange shapes--Hazel finds herself tracking a truly terrifying serial killer across the country while everything she was barely holding together begins to spin out of control. Through the cacophony of her bickering staff, her unsupportive superiors, a clamoring press, the town's rumor mill, and her own nagging doubts, Hazel can sense the dead trying to call out. But what secret do they have to share? And will she hear it before it's too late? In The Calling, I nger Ash Wolfe brings a compelling new voice and an irresistible new heroine to the mystery world.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780151013470
Characteristics: 419 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jul 27, 2019

So, who is Inger Ash Wolfe? The author blurb says the name is a pseudonym of a "North American literary novelist." Between the Canadian setting and the "North American" specificity, I'm guessing a female Canadian novelist of some reputation???

This was an extremely well-written and compelling thriller with a most unusual heroine and a sickeningly mesmerizing villain. I will definitely look for more by Wolfe, whoever she is.

Nov 29, 2017

Wow. Now that was an interesting and just-complicated-enough read. Hazel and her mom are wonderful characters, as are many of the supporting cast. Really glad to discover this author!

Feb 03, 2017

This is well written, interesting background (Canada) the characters are well formed and the story is gripping. I have made a request for the second in this series.

Sep 20, 2016

great mystery, my first by this author, but willl not be my last.

Jan 22, 2016

I really enjoyed this. A great twist on the serial killer story. A killer crosses Canada killing people enroute. The rub is they are terminally ill people wanting to leave this life in a special way. A small town Ontario cop realizes there is a serial killer passing through and he will be killing more. The cop is flawed and her detectives realistically drawn. A unique story that captivates.

Oct 11, 2013

Interesting subject and format. Well written. Based
mainly in Ontario.

Jun 13, 2013

Love the book...heard Michael Redhill reading from it and discussing it at the Author's by Different Drummer series. Quirky small northern Ontario town police chief and mayor's daughter take on Criminal Minds-like serial killer. A little far-fetched because she doesn't call in the RCMP when it's nation-wide, but a riveting read.

Dec 02, 2012

I heard about this series when Michael Redhill was being interviewed on the CBC Radio programme "The Next Chapter." I was intrigued and popped into my local library to check out this book. I haven't read a mystery for a while, and this book grabbed me. I ended up staying up reading for over an hour as the hunt for the serial killer got closer to the climax and the plot twisted to the end.I think the comment about dangling threads might tie into the fact that the author intended to write two more novels in this series.

Nov 23, 2012

This is Michael Redhill's first foray into the mystery genre. I liked the setting of small town Ontario and the anti-hero, Hazel Micallef. The plot is a little far-fetched and the book a little long, but this is an excellent first effort. Perfect airplane reading - good writing and a good enough story to keep one engrossed.

Cdnbookworm Apr 16, 2011

This is the first in a series of books featuring DI Hazel Micallef, of the Port Dundas, Ontario police. In this book, she has been acting head for a few years as the powers that be have delayed replacing the head for her detachment. She is divorced and her mother, the former mayor, lives with her.
When a elderly woman in the community is found murdered Hazel is faced with the most difficult case she has ever had. When they begin to find links to cases elsewhere in Canada, she faces a decision whether to forge ahead in order to keep from alerting the killer or to involve other police forces. The relationship between her and the other police staff is done very well, as is the relationship between her and her mother, Emily.
Hazel is also suffering from back pain, and that reflects on her ability to function. She has a lot of faults, that make the character more realistic.
The author is writing under a pseudonym and as I write this, we do not know who they are. The publicity states: "a well-known North American writer". I would hazard a guess that he/she is Canadian, and either living in, or familiar with Ontario. It will be interesting to see who it is.

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