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The Cold Calling Paperback – 1 Mar 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055214584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552145848
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life isn't easy for Detective Inspector Bobby Maiden. Death is even harder.

When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever.

But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer the police don't even know exists...a predator who returns to stone circles, burial mounds and ancient churches in the belief that he is defending Britain's sacred heritage.

Meanwhile, New Age journalist Grayle Underhill arrives from New York to search for her sister who's become obsessed with the arcane mysteries of the Stone Age.

The bloody trail leads to a remote village on the Welsh Border...and to people who know there are more crimes in heaven and earth...


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This book cries out to be televised! It's an excellent offering in the crime genre with a gripping plot, three dimensional characters that you find yourself caring about and it's unusually set among the standing stone monuments of the British Isles.
The predatory serial killer and self-styled Green Man is so elusive that the police don't even realise he exists, but not all detectives are policemen - enter transvestite ventriloquist, come psychic Shaman and detective, Cindy Mars-Lewis - a welcome break from the Poirot and Miss Marple types, together with Bobby Maiden, a policeman brought back from the dead with no rosy illusions of light-filled tunnels and loved ones waiting.
There appear to be only the two books by Will Kingdom (aka Phil Rickman) at present, so I have to ask when will there be MORE???
Read them, you'll like them!
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This first novel from Will Kingdom is quite brilliant. Written in a neat, easy flowing style that at its best is reminiscent of the best of both UK and US stylists (a cross between Ian Rankin and Elmore Leonard, but probably most identified with the excellent UK writer Phil Rickman), The Cold Calling is a well-paced horror novel published as a mainstream crime novel. This is of course no bad thing, what with the current state of horror fiction. It might put some readers off, though. Which would be a pity, because the people who like Stephen King and Phil Rickman will love this. The book is at heart a mystery novel, though one that takes in large doses of the supernatural, and it is the mystery that drives the book from page one. The detective hero who dies and is brought back from the dead to track down a mysterious serial killer (who the police don`t even believe exists) is a wonderful creation, and one I would hope might make a return in future Kingdom books. To say any more about this book would only diminish its surprise ending, but I for one enjoyed it ... and so have the other people I`ve lent the book to. Go and order it now, they don`t come much better than this.
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This book was extremely gratifying in the knowledge obtained and entwined throughout the story of some of the Uk's most mystifying and famous landmarks. Very deeply constructed, I enjoyed losing myself in its depths and feeling I was part of the story. Well Done!!
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I was lead to read Will Kingdom via the "Recommended" on Amazon and was so pleased to find out he's really Phil Rickman! For me, Phil/Will's books fill a void in modern psycho-horror fiction, entwining as they do the ancient legends of Albion with the literative drama so well constructed by the likes of Stephen King at his best.
In writing as Will Kingdom, Phil has taken a rest from Merrily and the crew to introduce a new set of protagonists, among whom is the vividly-painted character of Cindy the Shaman, a figure of ambiguity in many ways: I cannot think of another novel which has used a Shaman as one of the central players! Perhaps Cindy is a pagan counter-balance to Merrily?
The narrative is crisp, atmospheric and thrilling, the dialogue realistic, the plots horrifyingly believable, the legends employed are gratifyingly accurate, the storylines have more twists than Tony Blair's spin doctors.
Devotees of Phil Rickman will be waiting for him to accomplish his favourite trick: killing off a character with whom the reader has built up a "sympathetic relationship"... the only question is, "Who's next?"
I await Will's next offering with a mixture of trepidation, anxiety and a sense of "gimme, gimme, gimme!"
To new readers: Enjoy!!
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Will Kingdom outdoes his alter-ego Phil Rickman with this highly entertaining tale of murder, superstition, and old earth mysteries. A great cast of characters including the most outlandish Celtic shaman you'll ever meet in your life. I loved this book as well as the follow up 'Mean Spirit'. Just wish Rickman could twist his publisher's arm to produce more of the same.
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I am an unapologetic fan of all the Rickman books and have every one of them.

This book introduces Sydney Mars Lewis (Cindy) the cross dressing shaman. I have developed a real soft spot for him and really hope that Mr Rickman decides to bring him back in another book.

I enjoyed all the other characters and felt they were full bodied and believable. I actually know some people like some of the characters in this book.

The storyline didn't falter, there was no point where I felt bored or thought that part of the story wasn't relevant, and it was all brought together nicely at the end.

Great read, highly recommended.
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This is a long, and somewhat rambling, novel and I will admit that it took me a while to get into it – but once I did I was hooked. The novel begins with the murder of a hunt saboteur, who turns out to be known to Sydney (Cindy) Mars-Lewis; a transsexual shaman with his ventriloquist’s dummy, Kelvyn Kite, as his totem (as one character says to another later in the book, it is best not to think about this too much in case you “lose confidence,” causing me to actually laugh out loud while travelling on a train). Cindy feels the murder of his landlady’s daughter was linked to that of the killing in the same forest of William Rufus so long ago, but his thoughts fall on the deaf ears of a police force who like facts and not rambling shamanic theories.

Meanwhile, D I Bobby Maiden – one of the aforementioned police – is also having a bad time. Living on his own after the breakdown of his marriage, he has uncovered evidence of bribery and corruption in his superior and his life is in danger. Indeed, he is killed, but only for a short time. Sister Anderson, a nurse at the hospital, whose own physical ailments were healed miraculously, lays her hands on him and brings him back. However, she is later horrified to learn that, rather than the usual memories of a bright light in a tunnel, Bobby comes back to a dread of death and horrifying, frightening dreams which leave him afraid to sleep. Sister Anderson (Andy) takes him to the place where she was healed - to the house of grumpy Marcus Bacton (owner of a tiny New Age periodical) and his ‘housekeeper’ healer Mrs Willis.

Marcus Bacton is currently having a battle with television archaeologist Prof Roger Falconer, who has brought High Knoll, the ancient site that Andy was taken to by Mrs Willis and who has since fenced it off.
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