- 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
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,459,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 richardgodwin.net/.</DIV>
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Having been introduced to Richard's dark telling of the depravity the human soul is capable of in his Pony Equus stories in Pulp Metal Magazine, I thought I was prepared for Apostle Rising... oh, foolish girl!
The third night in, reading Apostle Rising, I awoke in that sinister, slivery hour between midnight and pre-dawn... from a horrible nightmare... heart pounding in my chest, body drenched in sweat and a scream threatening to spill over my lips... an itching between my shoulder blades and the image of a dark, silvery blade dripping with blood locked in my brain. Oh... my... god!
Yes... Apostle Rising is THAT good!
Apostle Rising is a police procedural/psychological thriller of the first order... dark, twisted and suspenseful. Richard gives nothing away in his narrative... no red herrings... no leading one down the garden path. From the very first page, one knows this is not going to be a pretty ride. Richard's writing has a dark, sinister feel that, for fans of crime/horror, is irresistible to put down and impossible to ignore. His rich, dark, imaginative prose draws one in much like one of those water vortices in the northern Atlantic... undeniably powerful and compelling.
Ahh... but, we were talking about a novel, not water phenomena, weren't we?
More than a quarter century previous, Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle of the Metropolitan police was unable to mark `closed' to the Woodlands Killer case; a case which almost destroyed Castle's career and left him with deep psychological scars.
The ghosts of those long unsolved murders from decades past still haunt Frank, and now, with what appears to be a copycat killer on the loose, DCI Castle, along with his new partner, DI Jacki Stone, is once again drawn into a madman's dark desires and lusts.
I am trying to be careful here, and not reveal too much, so... this might be a good place to add a SPOILER ALERT! Proceed at your own risk... you have been warned!
As the body count mounts, Castle and Stone become enmeshed in a nightmare that may very well end both their careers, as well as Jacki's marriage. At times, Frank seems either unaware or unable (or, unwilling?) to escape the monster's(s) influence, so blind has he become in his singular quest to bring a killer to justice and redeem himself.
Castle's `custom' with the `ladies of the night' reveals not only the frailty of his psyche, but also his determination to see justice... at whatever cost!
Will Frank become the monster he seeks to destroy? That is a question the reader is forced to ask themselves, as we watch helplessly, the dark metamorphosis of a once proud and honourable man. DCI Castle seems only too willing to cross the line between good and evil in a desperate attempt to stop a madman.
One wants (perhaps, though... this is only me)... feels the need to... to put the book down occasionally... if only to give their mind a brief respite from the tension... the dark horror... the mesmerizing litany of the mysterious `Order's' perverted agenda... the stark look into the mind of a killer(s) so lost in his (?) own twisted, evil psychosis that one feels a shiver of fear run down their spine, and wonders... not for the first time, perhaps... if they remembered to set the dead-bolt.
The dark-haired girl tried to run... escape... but the air surrounding her was thick... it had a weight that pulled her down...
Oops! Sorry... little flashback to that nightmare I had earlier (shudder).
Too often in reviews, comparisons between authors come out sounding trite or forced... I tend to stay away from them myself, unless...
Apostle Rising is how [Stephen] King would write if he did noir... the relentless, escalating horror of Richard's deftly written prose leaves one on the edge... breathless... having serious second thoughts perhaps, about taking that evening walk unaccompanied.
Engrossing, beautifully written horror... with the technical detail of a first class police procedural, Apostle Rising is a `must-read' for any fan of crime fiction or horror.
A final thought on Richard Godwin's debut novel -
I have read countless books, seen countless movies... the `monsters' in those pale in comparison to the walking evil in Apostle Rising.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
26 December, 2011
Not for the faint of heart, Apostle Rising offers a bloody bouquet of excruciating murders and bizarre religious mania. Right down to the final, cruel twist of discovery, each page offers more horror. But you read on in hopes that Castle and Stone will survive ad that they will finally stop the unrepentant mastermind behind the crimes. Prepare your heart for darkness -- and like most of the characters in this book, you'll probably want a strong glass of something to help you bear it.
The story is also written in luminous and often poetic prose:"The woods are cast deep in folded meadow shade, hues of blackness tinged with the heavy odours of autumn, rotting to nothing in the scattered leaves where insects scurry and blind slugs creep and grope their way to mulch."
One of the main reasons I picked up this book is because I'd read a number of Godwin's short stories and always enjoyed his prose. Godwin is a helluva stylist and I'm a sucker for beautiful language, especially when it is combined with a dark sensibility that gives it backbone.
Finally, we have good characters, both heroes and villains. I like heroes who hurt but move ahead despite the pain, characters who stand for something, who fight the good fight. Frank Castle and Jacki Stone have those qualities. And the villains (there are more than one) are a good match for our heroes. Overall this is a very strong outing for what I believe is Godwin's first novel. I'm looking for even greater things ahead for this writer.
Inspector Frank Castle's career has been defined by his inability to solve a string of murders two decades ago. When a new serial killer is on the loose showing clear similarities to the first, Castle quickly becomes obsessed. And as nemesis/prime suspect/religious nut Karl Black mercilessly taunts him, Castle becomes increasingly pathetic and hits the bottle hard.
As you might expect, this ain't your granddaddy's police procedural. With plenty of gore and a relentless pace, you'll find yourself compulsively moving on to the next chapter every time. And Godwin's got a phenomenal twist in store that I doubt you'll see coming.