Darkness First (McCabe and Savage Series #3)

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The mutilated body of a young woman. The town doctor lying comatose in the road. A hundred and fifty tablets of Canadian OxyContin. This is the havoc that a merciless killer has wreaked on a sleepy Maine seaport.

As detectives Maggie Savage and Michael McCabe investigate, they realize the man they are after does not exist. Nobody knows his real name. Nobody has seen his face. But everybody fears his blade.

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Overview

The mutilated body of a young woman. The town doctor lying comatose in the road. A hundred and fifty tablets of Canadian OxyContin. This is the havoc that a merciless killer has wreaked on a sleepy Maine seaport.

As detectives Maggie Savage and Michael McCabe investigate, they realize the man they are after does not exist. Nobody knows his real name. Nobody has seen his face. But everybody fears his blade.

The only one who may know the murderer's true identity is an eleven-year-old girl—who has vanished into thin air.

Taut, twisting, and starring two unforgettable heroes, Darkness First will thrill fans of John Sandford and C. J. Box.

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Editorial Reviews

Blackfive.net on DARKNESS FIRST
“What makes this novel stand out from other mysteries is the strong character based story with many twists and turns.”
Portland Press Herald on DARKNESS FIRST
Hayman is among Maine’s best mystery/thriller writers today. The subtly of his skill is so fine that he makes it seem effortless.
Portland Press Herald on DARKNESS FIRST
The strength of his books are his characters. They feel like real people, not unlike the characters that Hayman created while working on Madison Avenue.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062301703
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: McCabe and Savage Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 125,525
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

James Hayman

James Hayman, formerly creative director at one of New York's largest advertising agencies, is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Mike McCabe series: The Cutting, The Chill of Night, and Darkness First.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it was a good discovery. I'm a fan of John Grisham, James Patterson and Harlan Cobin -- authors who start their book and get you hooked. You can put James Hayman in the same category with Darkness First. I'll definitely look for more by this writer.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    A drug dealer and killer is on the loose in a small Maine town.

    A drug dealer and killer is on the loose in a small Maine town. Detective Maggie Savage is called in by her father, the local sheriff to assist. Detective Savage later calls in her partner, Detective McCabe, for backup.

    Though told primarily following/from Detective Savage's point of view, when there are other points of view, the shifts are done effortlessly.

    The writing style and narrative are crisp, action packed, and descriptive without being overly verbose.

    Vivid and varied characters fill various scenes and areas of life the detectives visit throughout their elusive and winding investigation.

    Overall, a thrilling read!

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    This is my latest favorite read. Great protagonists, excellent

    This is my latest favorite read. Great protagonists, excellent suspense. I've loved all of his books!

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    This book was excellant.

    This was the first book I have read by this author. It is free, 350 pages long, and a police, murder mystery. It is perfectly edited. The plot is very good, it has a great flow, the events are believable, the characters are likable and well rounded. There is not an an over abundance of roles, so it is easy to keep everyone straight. I am famililar with the upper east coast area and the description was right on. There are some some really graphic details of the many murder victims' injuries. While not extremely detailed, the injuries are described in an uncouth and heartless manner meant to shock the reader and achives this purpose. There is sex, drug dealing and use, arson, corrupt and cruel police officers, some cursing, no religion, there is a child I really grew to care for, two dogs and enough twists and turns to make a very satisfactory read. Sometimes bad guys are good, the good are bad and some are just what they seem to be. I was diappointed in one action the heroine took, as she sullied her reputation and a friendship, but it this did make her seem more human, less perfect and added more reader interest to the storyline. I hardly ever give a five star rating to a book, but this deserved it. Male and female, mystery lovers will enjoy this book. It is the perfect read. For adults, 18 and up. I am looking forward to more books by Hayden.

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    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    I enjoyed the book very much.  Characters were different and per

    I enjoyed the book very much.  Characters were different and personable, suspenseful and quick moving....still had to cheat and read the ending so I could relax and enjoy the rest of the book...just the way I am.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    Very good story -- a little different since it was more about Ma

    Very good story -- a little different since it was more about Maggie, and I loved - always love strong female characters. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Great, novel.

    Loved this novel. Could not put it down....keeps you guessing. Great author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    A very good read.

    An action packed, well-written, quick moving story.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    I really liked thisbook and author.

    This book kept me wanting more. First time with this author but will buy more. Interesting individuals and fast moving.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Enjoyed characters

    Thought this was terrific. Will read other by author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Excellent Page Turner!

    Loved this suspense thriller AND from a fellow Portlander! Also love a complicated love story that makes me want to read more! Combine the two, thriller and love, add the twists, and I am hooked! Looking forward to more from this fellow writer :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    One of the best mystery/ thrillers I have read in a long time. G

    One of the best mystery/ thrillers I have read in a long time. Great story.  Great characters. beautifully written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Excellent

    My new favorite author. Would love to read his other books but NOOK isn't offering any. I would buy all of them if they were.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Wonderful Read

    This is the first time I read anything by James Hayman. Great charaters, story line and plot twists. I will definitely read more of his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Great Read!

    Loved the characters in this book. They can be found in any small town. All very real, flawed, ordinary, heroic at times. Will be looking for other books in this series. And others books by James Hayman as well.
    Bravo.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Thriller lovers check this one out.

    Enjoyed this book and will read more by this author. Hope there are more with Savage and McCabe. wy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great book

    Ive never heard of this author im sure glad i picked this it was GREAT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great

    From beginning to end - full of suspence - Very hard to put it down!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    I found this by accident one night. I must confess, that after r

    I found this by accident one night. I must confess, that after reading the overview I wasn't sure if I would like it but once I reviewed numerous comments I gave it a try. Couldn't be happier! It had my attention the entire time and I could not wait to finish it! Definitely will read more from him. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Borrow not buy if doesnt warn of offending sensitive readers

    And my basic no no of child in danger. One has to like the people in a book first and the supporting cast other wise why bother?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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