The Cold Calling Paperback – 1 Mar 1998
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chilling! Well I guess the clue is in the title. This story gripped me from the start and seems to be several storied fused into one... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Elfinsue
I came across this book by chance in its original form, as being written by Will Kingdom and was gripped from the first page! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ashbash
One of Phil's earlier books that snuck past me somehow. Very pleased to catch up with it finally. Thoroughly enjoyable and read in 2 sittings, 2 because even incorrigible readers... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mindelbrot
Awful. At first I was hooked but it started to drag on and on until I couldn't wait for it to finish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ready
This was the second time that I have read this book, the first being about 10 years ago. It was well worth revisiting. The story is one that grabs you and then won't let go. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert John Watkins
This was the first Phil Rickman I read, his books having been recommended to me, neither have I read anything quite like it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thanagma
Phil Rickman never disappoints. Well written and absorbing. A good read.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name