If I was grading this book I'd give it a good solid C though in my opinion it ran a couple of hours longer than necessary. The lead detective Mike McC..Show More »abe is an interesting character and his new partner Maggie Savage will take a larger role in future books if the book jackets are indicative she will. There was a large buildup for the return of McCabe's ex-wife to see their daughter, then that storyline just fizzled out. Still, this selection is promising and I will give another audio in the series a try.
Probably, I coulda' guessed the killer, but I liked listening to Mike and Maggie do it. James Hayman's created an intriguing ensemble up in Portland M..Show More »aine and Stephen Mendel talks them into their own distinct lives. So far this series keeps me listening and looking forward to another visit Down East.
The tension among MIke, Maggie and everyone who fills McCAbe and Savage's chilly world is as cool as Hayman's plotting. He makes writing mysteries simple as falling through New England ice. Yep, I just bought "Darkness First" to keep up with these folks. Can't write a better recommendation, right?
Darkness First is Book 3 in the 4 novel Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage detective thriller series. I read the series out of order (4,2,1,3). All 4 of ..Show More »the novels are great listens but Book 3 is best followed closely by Book 2. The other novels in the series are set in Portland Maine, but Darkness First is set in the small town in extreme northeastern Maine where Maggie Savage grew up and where her 74 year old dad is still sheriff. The McCabe and Savage series is probably the best detective series I have ever read or listened to.
Narration of all 4 novels in the series is by Stephen Mendel. Mendel does a great job.
I highly recommend this series. I expect to listen to it again.
From my cozy seat here on the edge of the mystery story spectorium I get-off peering inside of detectives McCabe and Maggie’s minds. I wish that Maggi..Show More »e Savage hadn’t slipped to a supporting role this time, and it’d be cool if next go-round she got more of the star turn she deserves.
James Hayman is more an expert engineer than an artist. He constructs plots the way Lear builds jets. It’s a miracle that so many tons of density can fly through the air… But engineers aren’t artists, or wizards. They put together the parts so that their creations don’t, um, land… spontaneously. Y’know?
I like the way Haymam and Stephen Mendel make me like Maine, and the people who swirl around Portland police detectives. Detectives who incidentally generally like and support one another as a team. Hayman, unlike a lot of mystery authors apparently doesn’t think they’re inept clowns riven by Peter-Principle promotions where only dung rises politically to the top.
And this time Hayman takes some clever risks as a writer, swirling together twin murders committed over a century apart. And it works. This jet flies!
Warning though, start the series with “The Cutting” and work your way here. Me? I’ll pre-order the next in this series as soon as the team records it.