About the Book: Lainie Goff thought she had it all. The ambitious young attorney was brilliant, beautiful, and on a fast-track to a lucrative partnership at one of the top firms in New England. But then, one cold night, a dark and ugly secret comes back from Lainie’s past and she pushes things too far. Soon her body is found, frozen solid in sub-zero temperatures at the end of the Portland Fish Pier.
A mentally ill woman named Abby Quinn witnesses the brutal crime. But when she tells what she has seen, nobody will believe her. Not until she too mysteriously disappears.
In The Chill of Night, Portland homicide detective Michael McCabe finds himself finds himself fighting memories from his own past as he races to find the killer before another life is lost.
James Hayman once again tells a gripping tale of evil and deceit and creates characters so real and so human, we want to meet them again and again.
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.
I am pleased to promote James Hayman’s latest book, The Chill of Night. This is the second book by him that I have reviewed, the first being The Cutting. I will warn you though, this is NOT a Christian novel so it does have scenes and language that some of you may not like. I went into reading this book knowing that so if you know ahead of time, then you can be quite pleased with a book like this! It’s an awesome suspense novel that quickly draws the reader in. If we could erase the language, it would be one I would feel comfortable recommending to everyone!
Hayman uses tremendous detail and skill when creating his suspense novels. McCabe’s character is one that truly could be real. Hayman pulls the reader into the middle of psychological twists and turns as they follow McCabe on his heart-pumping, sweat poring, edge-of-your-seat crime solving. The Chill of Night will send chills up your spine and thrills through your veins as you try to keep up with the twists and mystery!
If you love edge-of-your seat, riveting, gripping 4 star (I don’t feel comfortable giving it 5 star on account of the heavy language but I feel it deserves 4 because of the AWESOME suspense!) suspense, then definitely read this book! It’s suspense at it’s finest with fast-rising, crime writer Hayman!