The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

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by Marcus Sakey
     
 

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A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.

None of it is familiar.

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A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.

None of it is familiar.

What is he doing here? How did he get into the ocean? Is he Daniel Hayes, and if so, why doesn't he remember? While he searches for answers, the wolrd searches for him - beginning with the police that kick in the door of his dingy motel, with guns drawn. Lost, alone, and on the run, the man who might be Daniel Hayes flees into the night.

All he remembers is a woman's face, so he sets off for the only place he might find her. The fantasy of her becomes his home, his world, his hope. And maybe, just maybe, the way back to himself.

But that raises the most chilling questions of all: What will he find when he gets there?

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
It takes guts for an author to resist the commercial lure of a series and come up with a new bag of tricks for each book. But with that sacrifice comes the freedom to write an unpredictable suspense novel that keeps the reader guessing to the end. That's what Marcus Sakey pulls off in The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, a full-throttle thriller about a man who crawls naked from the Atlantic with no idea who he is or how he got there…
—The New York Times
The New York Times

“An unpredictable suspense novel that keeps the reader guessing to the end...A full-throttle thriller.”
Chicago Tribune

“If you crave sleep, steer clear of Marcus Sakey. Start one of his books at bedtime, and you can forget about slumber…His stories are crisp, cool and utterly convincing, with plots that sweep you up like a midnight raid at a speakeasy. Sakey is also a beautiful prose stylist.”
Michael Connelly

“A tight, intuitive, and terrific read. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes confirms Marcus Sakey’s place as one of our best storytellers.”
New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn

“A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery.”
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“An unpredictable suspense novel that keeps the reader guessing to the end...A full-throttle thriller.”  — The New York Times

“A tight, intuitive, and terrific read. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes confirms Marcus Sakey’s place as one of our best storytellers.”   — Michael Connelly

“A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery.” — New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn

“If you crave sleep, steer clear of Marcus Sakey. Start one of his books at bedtime, and you can forget about slumber…His stories are crisp, cool and utterly convincing, with plots that sweep you up like a midnight raid at a speakeasy. Sakey is also a beautiful prose stylist.” — Chicago Tribune

“The action is fast paced, the tension is nearly constant, and there are more twists in the plot than a double helix. A possible threat to readers’ cardiac health.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)

Library Journal
Sakey's (The Blade Itself; Good People) latest thriller begins with Daniel Hayes, naked and nearly drowned, lying in the surf off the coast of Maine. Suffering from amnesia and a vague feeling of guilt, he believes the answers to his current state lie in Los Angeles and heads there trying to find his identity. He discovers that he is a successful screenwriter and that his glamorous TV star wife has just been murdered in a car accident. The cops are after him as a suspect, and a blackmailing hard guy is also pursuing him. Still, he remembers only bits and pieces, just enough to make him suspect even his wife. VERDICT The action is fast-paced, the tension is nearly constant, and there are more twists in the plot than in a double helix. Sakey is a master at nudging characters out of their element, ratcheting up the suspense and then, just as resolution seems near, doing it again. A possible threat to readers' cardiac health and a likely candidate for Hollywood interest. [See Prepub Alert, 12/13/10.]—Roland Person, emeritus, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Kirkus Reviews

Has Daniel Hayes killed his wife?The question torments the amnesia victim who's the protagonist of this fifth suspense novel from Sakey (The Blade Itself, 2007, etc.).

A naked man is crawling out of the icy ocean and up the deserted beach. He has no idea where he is or what happened. Then he spots a parked car, a silver BMW. There's a recently fired Glock inside and an owner's manual belonging to Daniel Hayes of Malibu; the name triggers no memories. He finds a motel and learns he's in Maine. More questions. Why is he compelled to watch a cable show with pretty actresses? And why is a cop banging on his door? There's nothing wrong with Daniel's reflexes: In seconds he's behind the wheel and out of there. It's a gripping enough start. Daniel steals new plates and returns to Malibu. He learns he's a screenwriter, married to one of those actresses, Laney Thayer, who died when her car was forced off the road. Daniel is a murder suspect. We meet other characters. Sophie, Daniel's agent, is being threatened by an intruder called Bennett, who has questions about Daniel and a necklace. Bennett is the sketchily characterized heavy, a Mr. Cool, blackmailer par excellence. A taut scene between Daniel and Laney's co-star ends with an enraged Daniel attacking him; could that same rage have led him to kill Lacey? Sakey lets the question hang, effectively. Elsewhere he is less convincing. Daniel is still driving his BMW with the stolen plates; the cops, after an unbelievably amateurish stakeout of Daniel's house, pretty much disappear. A shocking plot twist at the heart of the novel further undermines credibility. It's part of a one-two punch, the second punch only landing at the end. Dead bodies pile up; so do the improbabilities. It doesn't help that this hard-boiled crime fiction has a disconcertingly soft center, typified by the Forrest Gump-like mantra, "Life is a raindrop."

Far-fetched.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441813428
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/09/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Gillian Flynn
“A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery.”
Michael Connelly
“A tight, intuitive, and terrific read. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes confirms Marcus Sakey’s place as one of our best storytellers.”

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