A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2008
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This dazzling crime-fiction debut -- a dark, haunting, compassionate story of the hunt for a killer motivated by love -- will be the international publishing event of the season. This brilliant debut mystery has it all: characters so realistic they rise off the page; a devious plot that delivers both psychological depth and emotional heights; exceptionally fine, deft writing; a stunning cross-Canada manhunt; a detective like no other; and the promise of more mysteries in the series. The first homicide that Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef, acting chief of the Port Dundas police, has had to investigate in almost three years is that of cancer patient Delia Chandler, a woman who once had an affair with Hazel's father. When a few days later, and three hundred kilometres away, the mutilated body of an MS sufferer is found, painted in Chandler's blood, Micallef realizes that someone is killing the terminally ill, and not for mercy's sake. Hobbled by a bad back and a skeptical police bureaucracy, Inspector Micallef takes it upon herself to coordinate a nationwide manhunt for the killer; a man, she soon learns, who can save a life as dramatically as he can end one -- a man with God on his mind, grief in his heart, and a desperate need to kill. This thrilling psychological tale stands alongside the best contributions to the genre by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell), Minette Walters, and Patricia Highsmith. The Calling is being published simultaneously in the U.S. by Harcourt and in the U.K. by Transworld. Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Calling Presently Delia closed her eyes. He listened to her breathing -- low, long, soughing breaths. He lifted an eyelid, but she wasprofoundly asleep. . . . His eye fell on a leather knife-sheath, and he took it out and held the weight of it in the palm of his hand. He wrapped his fingers around the knife handle, and the sound it made as he drew the blade from its hiding place was like a voice, like a word whispered: an utterance. It said taketh, and he did.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart : 2008
ISBN: 9780771088971
Branch Call Number: MYS Wolf
Characteristics: 391p


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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.

Sep 28, 2010

Liked this first book by the unkown author.
The fact that the victims were terminally ill and had requested that the killer end their lives puts quite a different spin on this mystery ,that and why is he mutilating the bodies. The discriptions of the mutilations were quite gorey.
Many strings were left untied in this book. One would like to know more about Hazel and the other members of her squad. I would like to read more by this author. Though I think if this series becomes popular the author may regret making Hazel as mature as he did, much as Agatha Christie did with Poirot.

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