The Cutting by James Hayman Virtual Blog Tour Preview and Review

Posted 27 October, 2009 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the book:
Someone is stealing the hearts of beautiful young women…

In the foggy pre-dawn light of a September morning, a young woman is abducted as she jogs through the elegant streets of Portland, Maine’s West End. That night, the nude, mutilated body of a teenaged girl is found, dumped in an abandoned scrap yard, brutally raped, her heart surgically cut from her body.

Are the two crimes linked? Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe, head of Portland’s Crimes Against People squad isn’t sure. But in a city where there were only two cases of homicide the entire preceding year, the coincidence of timing seems compelling. And McCabe soon finds himself in a race against time to rescue the missing woman before she too becomes a victim of an evil and deadly conspiracy.

Against the vivid backdrop of Portland’s cobblestone streets and working waterfront, McCabe and his partner, Detective Maggie Savage, pursue a brilliant but morally corrupt killer who believes he alone has the right to decide who shall live and who shall die.

About the author:
Like McCabe, I’m a native New Yorker. He was born in the Bronx. I was born in Brooklyn. We both grew up in the city. He dropped out of NYU Film School and joined the NYPD, rising through the ranks to become the top homicide cop at the Midtown North Precinct. I graduated from Brown and joined a major New York ad agency, rising through the ranks to become creative director on accounts like the US Army, Procter & Gamble, and Lincoln/Mercury.

We both married beautiful brunettes. McCabe’s wife, Sandy dumped him to marry a rich investment banker who had “no interest in raising other people’s children.” My wife, Jeanne, though often given good reason to leave me in the lurch, has stuck it out through thick and thin and is still my wife. She is also my best friend, my most attentive reader and a perceptive critic.

Both McCabe and I eventually left New York for Portland, Maine. I arrived in August 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, in search of the right place to begin a new career as a fiction writer. He came to town a year later, to escape a dark secret in his past and to find a safe place to raise his teenage daughter, Casey.

There are other similarities between us. We both love good Scotch whiskey, old movie trivia and the New York Giants. And we both live with and love women who are talented artists.

There are also quite a few differences. McCabe’s a lot braver than me. He’s a better shot. He likes boxing. He doesn’t throw up at autopsies. And he’s far more likely to take risks. McCabe’s favorite Portland bar, Tallulah’s, is, sadly, a figment of my imagination. My favorite Portland bars are all very real.

My Review:
If you like scary, suspenseful, murder mystery thrillers, then look no further than James Hayman’s The Cutting. It could be the perfect Halloween read!

Set in Maine, Detective Mike McCabe is starting over with his daughter, from a life in New York, where the violence on the streets is terrible. His New Yorker past is one mosst people would want to forget. So he’s a bit surprised to hear of a killer on the loose in his town of Portland, Maine. He is determined to protect his daughter and his girlfriend from this killer.

While he’s protecting them, searching for the psychotic killer, McCabe’s past comes back to haunt him. Can he protect those he loves or will Portland suffer more brutal cuttings?

James Hayman deserves highest praises for his debut novel. It kept me thinking, on the edge of my seat, and waiting to see if the killer was caught. Hayman shows good style when he combines the characters with the suspenseful, intense twists in the plot. Hayman’s characters are likeable and are like those strait from an intense thriller/horror movie!

Definitely a novel and novelist I recommend if you want intense situations in a suspenseful thriller! I can’t wait to see if Hayman brings back McCabe in a second novel! The Cutting is definitely a thriller of a novel!

*This book provided by review courtesy of the author and Pump Up Your Book Promotions*



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