Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: The Cutting by James Hayman

About the Book:
Someone is Stealing the Hearts of Beautiful Young Women.

NYPD homicide detective Mike McCabe left New York for Maine to escape his own dark past and to find a refuge from the violence of the big city for himself and his teenage daughter, but on the fog-shrouded, cobblestone streets of Portland he finds far more than he bargained for.
On a warm September evening the mutilated body of Katie Dubois, a pretty high school soccer star, turns up, dumped in a Portland scrap yard. Her heart has been neatly and expertly cut from her body. The same day Lucinda Cassidy, a young Portland business-woman and competitive runner, disappears during her morning jog.

Soon other bodies turn up. All young, all blond, all athletes. Very quickly McCabe discovers he’s on the trail of no ordinary killer. Rather his prey is a brilliant, psychopathic surgeon who kills in a bizarre way to satisfy his own strange and frightening desires.

McCabe knows he has to move fast. He has less than one week to find the killer before Cassidy dies and Casey, McCabe’s own daughter is threatened.

He also knows the clock is ticking.

My Review:

What a great debut novel! It's a suspense packed thriller that delves into the dark world of organ harvesting...
James does a wonderful job of keeping the reader enthralled from page one. The characters in this one were well done. I enjoyed McCabe immensely and was happy to see that Maggie (his detective partner) was depicted as a strong and capable woman. The whole black market, heart stealing storyline really kept it interesting, and had me turning pages quickly. I like that the story line was built up in a way that the pieces fell together , but kept you guessing. I like that I didn't figure it out straight from the get-go.
Overall this was an excellent novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. A real winner for me!

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.

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And if you like you can check out James on the rest of his tour:
Monday, March 22
Book reviewed at Carpe Libris

Tuesday, March 23
Guest blogging at CMash Loves to Read

Wednesday, March 24
Book spotlighted at Book Tours & More

Thursday, March 25
Book reviewed at Joseph’s Review Blog

Friday, March 26
Book reviewed at Cym Lowell
Book reviewed at Cafe of Dreams

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