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.
©2009 James Hayman; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"First-novelist Hayman ratchets up the tension in this engrossing account of a deviously motivated psychopathic serial killer; if some aspects of the crimes strain credulity, it hardly matters, given the thrill of the ride." (Booklist)
Twist and turns to the very end. Couldn't stop listening yet didn't want it to end. Where has this author been?? Jonathan Davis as usual brings life to every novel he narrates. This newcomer is a rising star. Can't wait to listen to more.
thought this was the best I've ordered to date from Audible. Narration and story were very good. Plot was predictable but characters (especially lead) and narration were interesting and very enjoyable. Hope there is more to come from Hayman.
Very enjoyable read. McCabe is an extremely likable lead character. The plot is not terribly mysterious, but it is well written. I think the storyline draws together very well at the end. I am from Maine and was intrigued at the thought of the book being based in Portland. I think the author did a great job with accuracies, but hope nothing like this actually happens here!
The narrator does a great job with McCabe and other male characters. Very smooth and cop-like. Thankfully there was not a lot of female dialogue, as they tended to sound like gay men.
I would reccommend and hope to see a McCabe series soon.
The Cutting by James Hayman is a very well written novel but sadly you can figure out the plot halfway thru the read. Given that, it was still worth the credit. Look forward to a sequel!
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