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The Calling of the Grave (David Hunter #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,629 ratings  ·  188 reviews
'At first glance it could have been anything - a stone, a knotted root - until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand...'It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk's teenage vict ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Bantam Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lena
3 (1/2) Sterne (wann kriegen wir endlich die Möglichkeit dazu?)

Ich bin kein wirklicher Fan von Krimis, aber ab und zu muss es dann doch einer sein.

Bei Simon Beckett schwankt es immer - "Chemie des Todes" fand ich toll, "Kalte Asche" ging so, "Leichenblässe" war ganz gut, wenn auch übertrieben und man wusste zu schnell wer der Täter ist (jedenfalls habe ich das so in Erinnerung). Aber irgendwie will ich doch immer wissen wie es mit David Hunter weitergeht.

Was ich an den Büchern mag, ist, dass er
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Anna
I loved the first two books in the David Hunter series, The Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone, giving them both 4.5 stars, although I felt the third Whispers of the Dead lost some of it's edge, giving it 3.5.

This fourth one fell even further away. The detailed forensic elements that made the first books so interesting were reduced to a couple of lines here and there, and despite the action being centred around the moors, the atmospheric qualities of the earlier books were also missing. It b
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Carol Kerry-green
A great way to start my 2012 reading:)

In this book we first get to see David Hunter in the days before his wife and daughter tragically died. 8 years ago, David was called in to help identify the body if a young girl who had been found buried in the peat on Dartmoor. It is believed that she was one if the victims of convicted killer Jerome Monk. Monk agrees to show them where the other bodies are buried and he is brought to the moors under heavy guard. But, just as Sophie the BIA on the case thi
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primeballerina
Nach seinen Weltbestsellern der Reihe um Dr. David Hunter ("Die Chemie des Todes", "Kalte Asche", "Leichenblässe") ist nun der nächste vielversprechende Thriller des Autoren Simon Beckett mit dem dazu passenden Cover erschienen: "Verwesung".

Der vierte Roman um den forensischen Anthropologen Dr. David Hunter beginnt mit einem Einblick in sein Leben vor 8 Jahren. Vor 8 Jahren haben seine Frau Kara und die gemeinsame Tochter Alice gelebt - die bisherigen Romane spielten schon nach deren Autounfall.
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Joann
Wie gewohnt ein echter Page-Turner - habe das Buch praktisch in einem Rutsch durchgelesen - aber leider wie auch in der Struktur genau wie die Vorgänger aufgebaut. Die meisten Wendungen waren vorauszusehen und es war auch von Anfang an klar, dass nichts so ist wie es scheint. Irgendwie kam es mir das Ende dieses Mal auch recht unglaubwürdig vor; es war als ob Beckett um jeden Preis überraschen wollte. Da mir der Charakter David Hunter in seiner Entwicklung jedoch sehr gut gefällt, gibt es auch f ...more
Dan
Jan 17, 2015 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
So, the fourth book to feature forensic anthropologist David Hunter. Except this has almost nothing to do with forensic anthropology and is more of a typical crime thriller. It features the typical scenario of a convicted murderer taking the police to the location where he hid the bodies, in a remote scenario. Thank goodness that is not the main part of the novel because it is one of the most overused plots in crime dramas. The main part of the novel sees the murderer escaping from prison eight ...more
Kipi
The more I've read these, the more they annoy me in some respects. Theres always "the tingling feeling I've missed something but I let it go" and "when I thought everything was clear BOOOM a surprise". But nevertheless, I like these. Entertaining books!
Sangeeta
An okay read. Nearly ditched it halfway because the characters were just so unlikeable! Not half as good as the earlier David Hunter books I've read.
Matt
Beckett returns with another adventure, though this one does not put the focus on forensic anthropology. Instead it opens with Dr. David Hunter enjoying his work and loving his family. A serial killer who brought havoc to a small English community is caught, though many of the bodies never did turn up. After a brief escape, the killer is recaptured and all those on the case go about their daily lives. Eight years later, with Hunter living with the major changes the reader knows all too well (at ...more
Monika
Die neuste David-Hunter-Erzählung beginnt mit einem Rückblick auf eine 8 Jahre alte Mordermittlung. David Hunter wurde zu einer Mädchenleiche in einem Moor gerufen, die von Monk, einem Serienmörder getötet wurde. In diesem Moor sollen noch zwei weitere Opfer von Monk liegen. Der ermittelnde Beamte, ein früherer Bekannter von Hunter lässt den Mörder ins Moor bringen, damit dieser die anderen Ablageorte verrät. Doch das ganze wird zu einem Fiasko, weil Monk versucht zu flüchten und fast nicht aufz ...more
Splitterherz
Eins. Zwei. Acht. Die Ziffern des Zerfalls. In diesem Verhältnis verwesen alle Organismen, ob groß, ob klein. An der Luft, im Wasser, unter der Erde. […] Eins. Zwei. Acht. Eine einfache Formel – und eine unveränderliche Wahrheit. Je tiefer wir etwas vergraben, desto länger wird es überleben.
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Erster Satz:
Eins.

Inhalt:
Die Vergangenheit ist ein Teil von uns. Die Vergangenheit ist unveränderbar, auch wenn wir uns manchmal das Gegenteil wünschen. Die Vergangenheit macht uns aus, macht u
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Miles
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Christin
Meine Meinung:
Endlich ist das Buch als Taschenbuch erschienen - wurde ja auch wirklich Zeit nach über einem Jahr. Gemessen an der langen Wartezeit, war es dann eigentlich viel zu schnell beendet, was aber im Grunde nur für das Buch sprechen kann.

Allem voran gilt es, Simon Becketts Schreibstil zu "würdigen", da dieser das Buch in hohem Maße zu dem macht, was es ist. Er schreibt sehr flüssig und eigentlich recht "simpel", sodass man schnell reinkommt und der Geschichte ohne Probleme folgen kann -
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Clary
Der erste Teil des neuen Krimis "Verwesung" spielt zeitlich einige Jahre vor der Handlung von Becketts Vorgängerkrimis wie etwa "Chemie des Todes".

Hunter, ein aufstrebender Forensiker mit einer kleinen Familie, wird nach Dartmoor berufen, um den Fundort einer Leiche zu überprüfen. Es wird vermutet, dass es sich um eines der vier Opfer des brutalen Seriekillers Monk handelt, der junge und hübsche Frauen auf bestialische Weise getötet und verstümmelt hat (wird bildhaft beschrieben, nichts für über
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Petko Stankov
January Challenge: Read a mystery or thriller √
Just incredible! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. One of my favourite authors!
Progue
Acht Jahre ist es her, dass David Hunter dabei war, als Jerome Monk sich weigerte zu zeigen, wo sich die Gräber seiner Opfer befanden. Acht Jahre, dass sich bei dem Fluchtversuch Monks, des riesigen Monsters, Terry Connor auszeichnete. Terry und David waren einmal fast befreundet, doch in den letzten Jahren ist viel passiert in Hunters Leben, und so hat er Terry aus den Augen verloren. Und auch Sophie, die psychologische Beraterin der Polizei. Doch plötzlich kommen alle Erinnerungen zurück, gena ...more
Bogdan
Absolutely terrible! Characters behave like they are 15 years old teenagers ( and the bad sort of teenagers, some are still good kids ). No depth to them.

Seems to me the author was quite confused. I surely hope he won't write a new book, to me it seems that the quality is going down as he keeps writing new ones.

PS. Or maybe I'm still overwhelmed by Stephen Kings characters from The Stand ( as in really developed and believable ).
Sammiles
At first I thought this book was going to be quite difficult to read, but once i got past the first chapter and more of the story that developed the more I was enthralled.
I loved the twists and turns of Simon Beckett and the niggling thought through the book that something was not right, which was revealed at the very end.

A must read and I look forward to reading more book by Simon Beckett.
Marilena
Im Grunde gut lesbar mit interessanten und gut verarbeiteten Plotelementen (der Schauplatz des Moors selbst, (view spoiler)). Insgesamt mangelt es dem Plot aber an Spannung, Hunter wirkt über große Strecken meist nur wie ein Passant und die letzten hundert Seiten strecken sich durch Erläuterungen doch sehr und drosseln das vorher gute Tempo sehr. Die gute Recherche wertet einiges auf, auch ist das Buch in vielen Teilen gut strukturiert.
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cHieFRocKer
Der neue Hunter ist tatsächlich schockierend! Schockierend langweilig! Allenfalls ein mittelmäßiger roman der mit den drei Vorgängern herzlich wenig zu tun hat. Die Story ist durchschaubar und nur ganz selten mal spannend, der Thrill der Serie kommt nie auf. Da der Roman halbwegs solide ist gebe ich 3 Sterne, auch wenn echte David Hunter Fans sicherlich sehr enttäuscht werden von diesem Werk.
Fahim
I thought this book was really badly written. After reading the first several chapters, I could tell when the rest of the chapters would end even if I were several pages away from reaching the end of that chapter. A lot of it was predictable and cliche.

The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I continued to learn a lot about forensics.
Tine
Kind of disappointed - wasn't what I expected of a David Hunter story. No forensic details, too lame in the middle part of the book and quite predictable. Good moments at the end while solving some mysteries and relationships between the characters.
Any Length
I wasn't moved by this book, but it managed to keep my attention long enough to listen my way through it in audio form. It was written in a bit of a stuffy old english style which didn't help.
4cats
Disappointing, really enjoyed the first 3, felt this one was rather predictable, and falls into the trap of other serial killer novels where they all seem to have similar plotlines.
Maika
I loved the first three book so much and was so excited to finally read that one. I just wasn't so impressed with it, sadly. But it was not bad
Just not what I'm used to from Simon Beckett
Carrie Marcotte
Serial crime novels are not my cup of tea. They always read like cookie cutter books and this one is no different. Saw this plot from a mile away.
Bookworms
Well after the third book wasn’t as good as the second one I hoped that this one will be better again. But to be honest I was a little bit disappointed. This book is less about David Hunter as forensic anthropologist but more about him as a person. First, it plays in the past, what has irritated me at the beginning of the book, because suddenly his wife and daughter played along. You see David Hunter as a family man and the beginnings of his new work. The whole story playes 8 years ago in Dartmo ...more
Colleen Hudson
This was a pretty fast-paced who-done-it mystery. I enjoyed that it took place on the moors in the UK - it evoked a lot of great visions about what it looked like, shrouded in fog much of the time. The writing was quite British - used quite a few words that were non-US English (like "torch" for flashlight, "boot" for trunk, etc). I liked the protagonist (a forensic pathologist, I think he was called) - and the development of the various characters in the book was nicely done. It's a nice, easy r ...more
Madzio
Disappointing story, predictable ending.
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi ...more
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