Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Join James Hayman, author of the thriller novel, The Chill of Night (Minotaur, St. Martin’s Press), as he virtually tours the blogosphere on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
The Chill of Night (Det. Michael McCabe Mysteries) In The Chill of Night (Det. Michael McCabe Mysteries), Detective Michael McCabe and his partner Maggie Savage are called to solve the case of a young woman found frozen in the trunk of a car on a fishing pier in Portland, Maine. There is a piece of paper found on the woman with a verse from "Amos. 9:10" on it. Michael realizes that the killer feels that all sinners must be punished. The body is identified as an attorney Liane Goff. On  Hart's Island nearby, Abby Quinn who has a history of schizophrenia claims to have witnessed the murder. She has been suffering with hallucinations and when she tries to report it to the police, they ignore her. The police only believe her when the news of the death reaches them. Abby disappears and it is up to McCabe to find her before the killer does. What happened to Abby and will the killer found in time? I guess you have to read the book to find out the answers to those questions.

About the Author-

Me and Mike McCabe: A Short Bio of the author and his hero.

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.

Read the First Chapter

My Thoughts-

Mr. Hayman is a talented writer. I loved the book.  This is the second book in the McCabe series following The Cutting. Although this is a stand alone book, I recommend that you read The Cutting. I thought that I had the killer figured out and I never expected it to be ....  The book had a lot of twists and turns and kept me engaged the whole time. If you like thrillers, you will love this book. Bravo, Mr. Hayman for writing such a great book!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.


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