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The Calling
A Hazel Micallef Mystery
Written by Inger Ash WolfeInger Ash Wolfe Author Alert
Category: Fiction - Mystery & Detective
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8896-4 (0-7710-8896-5)

Pub Date: April 28, 2009
Price: $9.99

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The Calling
Written by Inger Ash Wolfe

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780771088964
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About this Book

Voted one of the Best Mystery Books of 2008 by Publisher's Weekly

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.


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Review Quotes

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


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Reader Reviews

"Fascinating but disturbing page turner. A truly down to earth, somewhat flawed but savvy heroine pitted against a ptotoganist who, at least in his own mind, straddles a fine line between mercy and murder. A book that will make you think,horrify and entertain you. Well written and fast moving - with no superfluous filler."
—Carla B, Ontario

"I really enjoyed the book and found I hated to put it down to take care of other matters! I think Hazel is a wonderful, very human character and I look forward to reading about more of her experiences. I think all the central characters in the book (with the exception of Simon/Peter) are a thoroughly interesting, enjoyable mix and hope they'll all remain in future stories. I'm not too sure that I understood the significance of the gory acts committed on the dead bodies by Simon/Peter, other than blood and gore "sells". Anyway, I look forward to reading more books by "Ash Wolfe" and am really curious as to who the well-known and well-regarded writer, is!"
—Anne H, Alberta

"A great thriller - a little too gorey for me in places but interesting insight into cultish behaviour, speech nuances, and policing in small town Ontario."
—Sandra F, Prince Edward Island

"I really enjoyed the book. What an excellent idea for a story! I will be recommending this book to everyone, and am already looking forward to more in the series. I'm sure this could also be made into a great movie."
—Karen W, Ontario

"It was a compelling story with characters that you could identify with and other that you could hate. There were unexpected twists and turns. In spite of Micallef's vices, she was an attractive heroine as she was hard working, intelligent, determined and humble."
—Margaret N, Ontario

"This exciting mystery thriller kept me wanting more throughout the book. Page after page, I found my self wanting to know why, and most nights, I didn't want to put the book down. It was easy to follow DI Micallef through her own life and her journey of looking for the murderer. It was interesting to see that the author wrote from the murderer's perspective and from the detective's perspective. This way, you got both sides of the story. An excellent read that will keep you guessing and wanting more until the very end."
—Lynette B, Ontario


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About this Author

Inger Ash Wolfe is the pseudonym of a well-known and well-regarded North American literary writer.


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