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The Calling (Hazel Micallef) Hardcover – May 5, 2008
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Starred Review. This bracingly original mystery from the pseudonymous Wolfe opens with the grisly slaying of an elderly cancer sufferer in Port Dundas, a remote Ontario town that has gone years without a homicide. The murder hits at a particularly tough time for 61-year-old Det. Insp. Hazel Micallef, who's struggling to come to terms with a surprise divorce and battles daily with her acerbic 87-year-old mother. A serious staff shortage and an injured back add to the department commander's woes. A second, even more disturbing killing raises the ante for Micallef, who's already doubtful she can solve the first case. As Micallef marshals her forces, Wolfe fans the already high suspense by cutting between them and their elusive quarry. With the body count climbing, the detective puts herself increasingly at risk in a desperate attempt to foil the grand, demented plan that the killer regards as a mission. Billed as a prominent North American literary novelist, Wolfe convincingly lays claim to a new mantle as a first-rate crime writer. (May)
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For police in the small town of Port Dundas, Ontario, the year’s most exciting event should have been the man driving his car through his ex-wife’s living-room window, not the murder of a terminally ill woman. Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef knows the victim—once her father’s mistress—and loves the town she serves. So this time it’s personal, and Micallef crosses lines in pursuing the religious zealot who is killing by invitation, then desecrating the bodies of his victims, across the breadth of Canada. At the same time, she has her own demons to deal with: excruciating back pain, the politics of the Ontario Police Services that keep her in an acting role after years of leading the department, a fondness for the bottle that led to her divorce, even the well-meant ministrations of her 87-year-old mother, the former town mayor. Relentless in trying to stop the deranged killer, Micallef inspires both loyalty and betrayal as the search reaches a frantic climax that is painfully close to home for her. This solid police procedural and its appealing cast make the pseudonymous Wolfe an author to watch. --Michele Leber
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The story is gripping and I couldn't put it down and really looked forward to reading more by Wolfe and her cast of law enforcers and town folk. Watching them solve the many issues and problems in their path to finding a resolution to the murder means you are drawn in and travelling that path with them.
The main character is a flawed, hard working, female who gets the job done and isn't concerned about mixing it up with her 'bosses' and the people of the town, as well as her staff, that she oversees as Detective Inspector. She is real--no sugar coating and life doesn't always go her way.
The Taking and Door in the River are also fascinating stories and I recommend them highly.
Anticipating other great reads by this author.
overall , i enjoyed the book and I hope to read her next one, given she uses the same name and not her real name.
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