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All of James Hayman’s books in Order!
Who is James Hayman?
Crime writer from Brooklyn, James Hayman didn’t start his professional life doing this. In fact, it’s after a career of more than twenty years writing television commercials that he moved to Maine—in 2001—to devote himself to writing.
Hayman first published The Portland Skinner in 2009, the first in a series featuring Detective McCabe, which has been translated into a half-dozen languages and sold worldwide.
How to read James Hayman’s Books In Order?
The McCabe and Savage series
- The Cutting (2009) – On a warm September night, a missing high-school athlete is found dead in a scrap metal yard, her heart removed from her body with surgical precision. As outrage over the killing spreads, a young businesswoman disappears while out on a morning jog. Detective Mike McCabe is certain both crimes are the work of one man—a murderer skilled in cardiac surgery who is using his scalpel to target young women. With the clock ticking, McCabe and his partner Maggie Savage find themselves in a desperate race against time to find and rescue the missing woman before she becomes the next victim of the sadistic killer’s blade.
- The Chill of Night (2010) – Lainie Goff thinks she has it all. A glamorous young Portland attorney with the brains and looks to match her ambitions, she’s on the fast track to a partnership. But now she’s just a frozen corpse in the boot of a car at the end of Portland Fish Pier. Luckily for homicide detective Michael McCabe, there’s a witness. A mentally disturbed young woman named Abby Quinn saw what happened to Lainie. Unfortunately, Abby mysteriously goes missing the very same night…
- Darkness First (2013) – In the dark shadows of a summer evening, a young woman named Tiffany Stoddard is brutally slain by a remorseless killer’s razor-sharp blade. Learning that her closest childhood friend was nearly killed in the same incident, Portland Detective Maggie Savage rushes to the scene to join the State Police investigation. Maggie soon discovers the killer’s name is Conor Riordan. There’s only one problem. Conor Riordan doesn’t exist.
- The Girl in the Glass (2015) – June 1904. Aimée Garnier Whitby, a beautiful French artist and wife of one of Maine’s richest and most powerful men, is found near death on the Whitby family’s private summer island, the letter “A” mysteriously carved into her chest. June 2012. Veronica Aimée Whitby, the eighteen-year-old descendant and virtual double of the first Aimée, becomes the victim of a near-perfect copycat murder. With another beautiful, promising young Whitby woman slain, the media begin to swarm and pressure builds for Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage to bring the killer quickly to justice.
- The Girl on the Bridge (2017) – On a freezing December night, Hannah Reindel leaps to her death from an old railway bridge into the rushing waters of the river below. Yet the real cause of death was trauma suffered 12 years earlier, when Hannah was plucked from a crowd of freshman girls at a college fraternity party, drugged, and then viciously assaulted by six members of the college football team. Those responsible have never faced or feared justice. Until now. A month after Hannah’s death, Joshua Thorne – former Holden College quarterback and now a Wall Street millionaire – is found murdered, his body bound to a bed and brutally mutilated. When a second attacker dies in mysterious circumstances, detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage know they must find the killer before more of Hannah’s attackers are executed.
- A Fatal Obsession (2018) – Portland, Maine detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage are settling into the new rhythm of their relationship when McCabe gets a late night call from his brother Bobby that Zoe, McCabe’s favorite niece and Bobby’s daughter, has suddenly disappeared. The NYPD is certain Zoe abduction is the work of the man the tabloids have dubbed “The Star Struck Strangler,” a killer who has been kidnapping, abusing and finally strangling one beautiful young performer after another.
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