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The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
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The Calling (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Inger Ash Wolfe

Series: Hazel Micallef (1)

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The first homicide that Canadian 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 kilometers away, the mutilated body of an multiple sclerosis 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.… (more)
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Title:The Calling
Authors:Inger Ash Wolfe
Info:Corgi Books (2008), Paperback, 512 pages
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Very scary. Well-written. Looking forward to reading more of this author's work. ( )
  gingerhat | Mar 1, 2022 |
4.5 stars for craft and inventive gore. 3 because it wasn't much fun for me. I like Hazel and her mother a lot. I wished I had a better impression of the other officers/staff. More physical description would help. I will probably try another of these and hope it's heavier on the small town character development rather than the wicked killer stuff. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
adult mystery. Inger Ash is a pseudonym (to make author seem more scandinavian),but it doesn't help the story that much. This was ok as far as gritty crime stories go, but not anything standout--especially following the biting wit of the heroine in Catch and Release (by Blythe Woolston), a disappointment. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Det. Insp. Hazel Micallef is shocked when a friend is gruesomely murdered in her small town in Canada. As she and her officers investigate, they determine it's a serial killer. This goes way beyond her jurisdiction but her friend's death motivates her to get all the help she can to figure out who did it.

In the early parts of this book, the murder scenes are too graphic for my taste and I almost stopped reading. But, the graphic details are fewer and briefer as the story goes on. The story kept my interest because the killer had an interesting motive for what he was doing. Hazel was tough, smart and likable with some physical and personal difficulties. The ending was a bit far-fetched but overall I liked it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Sep 9, 2016 |
Creepy scary! ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
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Hij at een keer per jaar vlees (stiekum, omdat zijn broer het zou afkeuren) en gedurende de tijd die hij in de wildernis buiten Port Hardy had doorgebracht, hoog op Vancouver Island, had hij zich alleen een uitspatting toegestaan tijdens de migratie van de cohozalmen. Hij had een vrouwtje gevangen dat halverwege haar reis naar haar broedplaats was en had haar aan de oever van de rivier rauw verorberd, met graten, eitjes en al. Op die momenten vond hij het prettig om de kracht van het dier in zichzelf te voelen en raakte hij in vervoering door het blinde. onomstotelijke geloof dat deze wezens hadden in hun levenscyclus, dat ze teruggingen naar de plek waar ze waren geboren om te sterven, zicn onbewust van hun pad, maar er wel aan toegewijd , zoals de oceaan wordt gemagnetiseerd door de maan.
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The first homicide that Canadian 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 kilometers away, the mutilated body of an multiple sclerosis 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.

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