The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe
A Hazel Micallef Mystery (Hazel Micallef Mysteries)

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Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is having a bad year. After major back surgery, she has no real option but to move into her ex-husband’s basement and suffer the humiliation of his new wife bringing her meals down on a tray. As if that weren’t enough, Hazel’s octogenarian mother secretly flushes Hazel’s stash of painkillers down the toilet. It’s almost a relief when Hazel gets a call about a body fished up by tourists in one of the lakes near Port Dundas. But what raises the hair on the back of Micallef ’s neck is that the local paper has just published the first installment of a serialized story featuring such a scenario. Even before they head out to the lake with divers to recover the body, she and DC James Wingate, leading the police detachment in Micallef ’s absence, know they are being played. But it’s not clear who is pulling their strings and why, nor is what they find at the lake at all what they expected. It’s Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation. The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef, “a compelling, unlikely hero” (EntertainmentWeekly), is a stunning and suspenseful exploration of the obsessive far reaches of love, confirming Inger Ash Wolfe as one of the best mystery writers today.
 

About Inger Ash Wolfe

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INGER ASH WOLFE is the pseudonym for a North American literary novelist.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Mariner Books. 431 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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And as the video feed becomes more disturbing, Hazel finds herself at odds with Ray Greene, the former deputy slated to become her boss as the provincial force is consolidated, and with the Toronto police, who resent Ontario’s intrusion onto city turf.

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One of the tip-offs that there's a serious writer at work in "The Taken" is the cultivation of an interesting subtext — in this case, an exploration of that emotional no-man's land where love becomes indistinguishable from pathological attachment, and affection fades into obsession.

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When the webcam shows someone with a knife approaching the man, and a day later a man's severed hand is delivered, gift-wrapped, to Hazel's office, she realizes the man's life is in her hands — if only she can figure out the meaning of the clues being given to her by his captor.The Taken is a rem...

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It’s Micallef herself who is snared, caught up in a cryptic game devised by someone who knows how to taunt her into opening a cold case, someone who knows that nothing will stop her investigation. The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef, “a compelling, unlikely hero” (<I...

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Spinetingler Magazine

In the debut novel in this series, The Calling, we learned that DI Hazel Micallef suffered a severe back injury.

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While they are working on the case, Hazel is dealing with her own recovery and personal issues in the form of a wayward, depressed daughter as well as dealing with her feelings about Andrew and Glynnis.

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