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Apostle Rising

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"Engrossing, exquisite, and extra-scary. Richard Godwin has accomplished a rare literary achievement with his full-length debut novel, Apostle Rising. It is at times by the numbers cop procedural, at other times horror so disturbing but beautifully and uniquely written, I could almost feel the cold sharp steel blade slowly entering my own flesh. Inspector Frank Castle and his partner Jacki Stone speak to every man or woman who is both fallible but determined to uncover the truth and to right a grave wrong, even if that determination becomes an obsession so profound, they lose all that is dear to them in the process. Including their sanity. Apostle Rising is not just another detective novel. It is also not for the faint of heart. It is noir tour-de-force that will leave you breathless and teary-eyed." --Vincent Zandri, best-selling author of The Remains and The Innocent "Richard Godwin's 'Apostle Rising' is a police procedural and psychological thriller of the first order. If you love Ken Bruen and John Connolly, Godwin's the man you'll be following next." --Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway and Cottonwood

A brilliant new cop duo with a plot to die for and a killer that will terrify you." --Sheila Quigley, author of Thorn In My Side

A novel that is a must for fans of Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Ian Rankin's Rebus as this book contains both the old fashioned hard drinking cop with his female sidekick and the psychologist - albeit the cops attitude to the psychologist owes more to Reginald Hill's Dalziel, nevertheless, he makes good use of this resource in a thriller that grips you and leads you down its twisted and twisting path into the broken psyche of both cops and killers alike from the very first page to its last chilling sentence. I found this book so easy to read and was surprised to find that it was a debut novel as there was such an unbroken flow of writing not normally found in the transition from short stories and articles to full blown novel but Richard Godwin managed it with ease and kept me hooked from start to finish. --Cat Currie, New Books Magazine

Richard Godwin's debut crime novel, APOSTLE RISING, is a dark police procedural in the vein of other current UK writers, in that it does an amazing job of sucking in the reader right away and never letting up. Frank Castle never got over the Woodland murders from years earlier. All of a sudden, a new crop of killings starts, which may look like a copycat, but might actually be the original killer. Castle, who still thinks he had the right suspect all along, can't let it go and is determined to prove he is right. But when it comes to light that suspect has an airtight alibi, he is determined like a dog that won't let go of a stick. The killings seem to be split into two groups: politicians brutally cut up and left with cryptic messages, and prostitutes who are not raped, but are cut to the bone. Godwin does a great balancing act, since we are mainly focused on the two police leads, and he takes quick asides as we see the victims trailed, then brutally killed. Please note at the halfway point, there is one sentence which is truly one of the most disturbing and graphic you will come across this year. After that moment, the deaths are described in a more visceral language. APOSTLE RISING is a page-turner. But Godwin is not finished. He throws in one more surprise for our cops to discover. For a debut crime novel, it makes a great introduction to Goodwin's style and talent for prose. Be on the lookout for hopefully many more. --Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm Magazine

About the Author

<DIV>Richard Godwin is a crime and horror writer as well as a produced playwright. He was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American literature from King's College, London. He has traveled the world extensively and lectured and worked in property. Many of his stories have appeared in magazines. His works in print include Chemical, published in the anthology Back in 5 Minutes, released by Little Episodes Publishing (2010), and Doll, published in Howl: Tales of the Feral and Infernal, Lame Goat Press (2010). He is a skilled interviewer and publishes his interviews with other authors as Chin Wags at the Slaughterhouse in the Blog section of his website at</DIV>

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Black Jackal Books Ltd (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956711308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956711304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,944,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Hayes on March 11, 2011
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Richard Godwin shows an amazing ability to present an evil so real it will sneak into the reader's reality as well as the fictional reality of Apostle Rising's cast of characters. I've been reading a long time and have only rarely experienced the kind of disquiet this book produces in the reader's mind. Don't expect a man in a monster mask jumping from the shadows and yelling BOO! It's not that kind of book (though one scene had that exact effect on me and I don't scare easy). A masterful exposition of what happens inside the mind of a psychopathic killer and the minds of the police officers who have to wade through the horrific damage it wreaks on their own souls. A unique novel I shall remember for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on April 4, 2011
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Article first published as Book Review: Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin on Blogcritics.

In the age-old debate of nature versus nurture in the formation of a murderer, one has to wonder what happens when you put fanaticism in the mix. In Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin, you will find a dark and sinister mystery that may beg to answer the question.

Following the leads of a new and vicious group of murders, Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle finds himself back in to the same nightmare that destroyed his family and life years earlier. In the original case, the murderer was known as the Woodlands Killer because of where he left his victims. Knowing in his gut who the killer was and yet not able to find proof created a living, breathing hell for Castle. His entire life became the case; it got inside his head in a way that was not healthy. His wife left him and he became a mockery due to press exposure of the case. Pressure from the case continued to hold sway and Castle turned to alcohol, another way to drown his pain.

Now many years later there is a copycat, killing in much the same way. Castle is convinced that his old nemesis is behind the game. He and his partner DI Jacki Stone, race against time to gather the clues and stop the new murderer before he kills again. Castle is convinced that Karl Black is behind these killings as well, there is religious fervor in the destruction of the body; the deaths are brutal and sadistic.

Drawn deep into the fabric of the newest killing spree, Jacki understands the hypnotic and psychological pull of the case. Her life has now begun to twist in the same fashion as her husband leaves her for another woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mav Skye on March 10, 2011
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Apostle Rising is akin to King's Children of the Corn. Only with noir. Whiskey. Knives. Politicians. And a hell of gore. It is a maze through a psychopath's mind, only you get to solve the puzzle with Detectives Castle and Stone as they try to hold their own personal lives together while the killer(s?) tease and taunt through horrific killings and rituals. My favorite character in the book is poetic, mentally disturbed and has an obsession with King Henry VIII and the first wife whose head he chopped. The ending is a fast paced rollercoaster ride. It sews together all the clues Godwin builds up through the book and will have you banging your fist on the table saying why didn't I guess who was behind it all! I dare you to give the labyrinth of Apostle Rising a shot. I'm a fan of Godwin's and I want more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nigel p bird on March 8, 2011
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Richard Godwin is a prolific writer of short fiction. Of course, prolific doesn't necessarily mean good, but in Godwin's case he never puts a foot wrong.
I've loved his short stories and the way he constructs them. He makes me look into the darkness for a few seconds more than I'd like until I see what it is he wants me to see and he holds my attention at places where I might rather be skimming into easier territories.
He also has an amazing versatility in terms of the settings, characters and voices he uses as though he's some kind of twisted ventriloquist.
My only reservation about tackling his debut novel Apostle Rising was that he wouldn't be able to transfer his talent from the short piece to the long. It didn't take me long to realise that there was no problem for him on that score.
He handles the police-procedural aspect of things as though this were the tenth in a series, with a craft and poise I hadn't expected. At the same time he dips us into the bloodbath of his darker-workings just to let us know he's still around.
`Apostle Rising' is like a massive Venn diagram of plots that are fitted together skilfully to produce one very satisfying whole.
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle is a long in the tooth policeman who was damaged years before by a series of murders known as `The Woodland Killings'. His life is spinning out of control as alcohol obscures his memories from his waking life only to drag them into his dreams. His side-kick DI Jacki Stone who knows Castle is good at his job also knows he's a poor role model as a human being. The way their characters are drawn I reckon I could have read about them working any-old case and enjoyed it.
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