Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Review: The Cutting by James Hayman

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Witness Impulse, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

the cutting cover




Synopsis:

From a formidable new voice in suspense fiction comes an edge-of-the-seat story of a homicide detective on the trail of a killer, who slays with exacting precision, and who harbors a terrifying motive

Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe moved from New York City to Portland, Maine, to escape a dark past: both the ex-wife who’d left him for an investment banker, and the tragic death of his brother, a hero cop gone bad. He sought to raise his young daughter away from the violence of the big city . . . so he’s unprepared for the horrific killer he discovers, whose bloody trail may lead to Portland’s social elite.

Early on a September evening, the mutilated body of a pretty teenaged girl, a high school soccer star, is found dumped in a scrap-metal yard. She had been viciously assaulted, but her heart had been cut out of her chest with surgical precision. The very same day a young businesswoman, also a blonde and an athlete, was abducted as she jogged through the streets of the city’s west end. McCabe suspects both crimes are the work of the same man---a killer who’s targeting the young---who is clearly well-versed in complex surgical procedures, and who may have struck before. Just as the investigation is beginning, McCabe’s ex-wife reemerges, suddenly determined to reclaim the daughter she heedlessly abandoned years earlier.


With the help of his straight-talking (and, at times, alluring) partner, Maggie Savage, McCabe begins a race against time to rescue the missing woman and unmask a sadistic killer---before more lives are lost.

Excerpt:
Read an excerpt of Chapter 1 on the author's website!

Review:

I had not heard of this series, but was VERY glad to have found it! In many ways McCabe reminds me of the old Spencer mysteries- sometimes he's just too cool! But having a young daughter makes him different, and more accessible. The combination of McCabe and Savage is a good one- they draw off each other's strengths, and create a very believable partnership. The story line is intriguing and keeps you turning pages long into the night! If you are looking for something familiar, a bit different this Summer in the mystery category, this might be the series for you!


About the Author:
James Hayman is a transplanted New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, he spent more than twenty years on Madison Avenue writing TV advertising for clients like The U.S. Army, Lincoln-Mercury and Procter & Gamble. He moved to Maine in 2001 and decided to scratch a lifelong itch to write fiction. A lifelong thriller fan he began work on The Cutting. Much to Jim's surprise, his first novel featuring Portland, Maine detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage, was bought by St. Martins in the US, Penguin in the UK and Random house in Germany. It was translated into half a dozen languages and sold around the world. His second book, The Chill of Night. This Fall he changed publishers to Harper Collins and the third McCabe/Savage thriller Darkness First came out first as an ebook and quickly made the USA Today national bestseller list Check out his website for more info





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