The Calling

The Calling

By Neil Cross

  • Release Date : 2011-08-04
  • Genre : Crime & Thrillers
  • FIle Size : 0.94 MB
Score: 4.5
From 73 Ratings
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The Calling 'Neil Cross, the creator of the series, is a seasoned novelist and it shows – the writing is economical, taut and evocative. This is, quite literally, bloody brilliant' Metro

Meet DCI John Luther in the prequel to the BBC's epic series Luther, starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

He's a murder detective. A near-genius. He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive. He's obsessional. He's dangerous.

DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad – not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn't; things way beyond the limits of the law.

The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice.

Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…

Praise for The Calling:
'Cross delivers a brooding piece of back-story for fans of the character inhabited by Idris Elba on screen. However, if you’re not already a DCI Luther convert, it also serves as a good jumping off point into his tortured world' Shortlist, top 20 crime novels of the year
'Unsettling, lyrical... Cross has always dealt in darkness and been so adept at conjuring bogeymen from the catacombs of mythology that you start to see them everywhere' Guardian
'This story shares the editing technique and visual power of the screen version… Unapologetic, brutal and stunning – in the very real sense of that word... Cross is an amazing writer, capable of lyricism and pathos as well as some of the most traumatising scenes you're ever likely to experience in a mainstream crime novel' Eurocrime
'Luther, who is intelligent and almost freakishly intuitive, thus belongs not only to the Sherlock Holmes tradition but also to the newer crime-fiction model elaborated by Thomas Harris in his novels Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal' Terrence Raffety, New York Times
'Gripping... eviscerating' Observer


  • Compelling!!!

    By JBfoz
    This book is the ultimate prequel into the amazing series that is Luther. Having watched all three series and now this book I could see all the characters as I thumbed through the pages. I hope they make this into a series or even a film as it would translate perfectly to the big screen.
  • Just brilliant.

    By Llmidill
    Couldn't put it down and put me right in the mood for series 3 which is coming soon.
  • F.higgleton

    By Caketaker1979
    Loved every page of this book. If you have seen the tv show, then this will explan alot. If you are new to luther then this is a good place to start on a road that gets darker and darker. I am very much looking forward to the next instalment.
  • Please write another in the series.

    By Foofighter84sk
    Just finished this book in a very short time, I loved the tv series and loved the book even more, Short, sweet and captivating. I love they way the author writes and depicts the actions of the characters. A real page turner...can't wait for the next book.
  • Excellent read.

    By danielle brindley
    I love the series so I was very excited for the book. Took me a little while to get started but as the story began to flow I became very addicted to reading it due to the gripping story line. Excellent book and can't wait for the next 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Page turner!

    By Potstheplumber
    Just like the series brilliant , very dark and very graphic , made me watch the first series again