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
It's also wonderful, rich prose and a breathtaking plot with more than a few savage twists of noir.
This is a fantastic thriller that makes you keep reading this book and it will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
I am trying to be careful here, and not reveal too much, so... this might be a good place to add a SPOILER ALERT!
Despite its violent nature, this book is well written by the author Richard Godwin and is a seriously good page turner. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patrick Brigham
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle once could not find a serial killer, the man responsible for so-called Woodland killings. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ray Garraty
If you are looking for a great read down the spooky dark halls of madness and murder, you have to read Apostle Rising. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. R. Stateham
Right from the first sentence of Apostle Rising you know you're in for a dark ride, and the rest of the novel doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carole Bugge
Godwin offers a brutal tale of murder, trauma and heartbreaking suffering. Castle and Stone face a villain whose chutzpah is matched only by his malevolence -- and his seeming... Read morePublished 20 months ago by K. A. Laity
A downward spiral into madness of a sprawling, demented architecture. A byzantine plot that can only be the work of a true master of the craft. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Jean-Benoit Lelievre
Noir/Horror has a new 'master'... his name is Richard Godwin.
Having been introduced to Richard's dark telling of the depravity the human soul is capable of in his Pony... Read more
Well written and attention grabbing crime novel. This is a dark tale of murder most foul and of characters who are swelter in their discontent. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Kenneth A. Weene
With the same single-minded obsession with which Javert hunted Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Chief Inspector Frank Castle will not be derailed in his pursuit of the blood trail... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Salvatore Buttaci