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Apostle Rising

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0956711308
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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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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: #4,431,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 inability to get caught. Castle, haunted by the elusive killer years before, has been consumed by the case, drinking his way out of his marriage and nearly his job. Stone finds herself slipping toward the same fate, and begins fighting her way back from it. The addition of a second set of serial murders seems impossibly vicious -- the only thing worse is that the two killers seem to be working in concert.

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.
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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 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.
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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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