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The Chill of Night (McCabe & Savage Thriller #2)

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Fresh off the success of The Cutting, James Hayman brings Detective Michael McCabe back in an even more powerful tale of duplicity, murder, and revenge

Glamorous young Portland attorney Lainie Goff thought she had it all—brains, beauty, and a fast-track to a partnership in a top-ranked firm that was going to make her rich. But then one cold winter night she pushed things to
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Aug 06, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Why I read this: I received a copy of this from the author through Pump Up Your Book Promotion. I jumped at the chance to review The Chill of the Night because I reviewed The Cutting by James Hayman last year, which was his first novel and I loved it. You can find the review here.

How is the novel driven: The Chill of the Night is mostly plot-driven but there is more character development of McCabe in this one as well as there was in the first one. I love getting to know McCabe more and seeing ho
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 26, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Even though this book is the second book in the Detective Michael McCabe series, it read also as a stand alone. It is a murder mystery novel with believable characters and spine tingling suspense. A story of a young up and coming lawyer, Lainie Goff, is killed and stuffed in the trunk of her car naked and found frozen. There is a witness to this murder, who turns up missing. Does the killer have this person?? That is what McCabe and Detective Margaret (Maggie) Savage have to figure out before th ...more
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This is the second in James Hayman's mystery series set in Portland, Maine and environs. Detective Sergeant McCabe, a transplant from the NYPD following an ugly, unexpected, divorce, and Maine native Detective Maggie Savage, are the continuing protagonists--investigators for the Crimes Against Persons Division of the Portland Police Department, who seemingly never sleep.

I raced through this novel in two rapid sittings, totally engrossed. The killer sought is one very perverted Individual, and I
Jul 08, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Abby is a paranoid schizophrenic who is currently on medication. When she sees a naked man strike a woman with a knife, she takes off to the police station. The cops can't help but ask themselves if it really happened or if the witness is delusional. Having a mentally ill person as a witness will hinder the decision of a jury, so they have her carted off to the hospital.

Determined to solve this case, Detective McCabe tries to find the killer while keeping an eye on Abby. She may be crazy but she
Jan 07, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
crime series

I love that I have been able to find a crime series that keeps my attention. I enjoy the characters and the plot and pacing of the story.
Keith Curran
Feb 05, 2016 Keith Curran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Amazing!

I have now read books One and Two, and if One was wonderful, Two was glorious. This author is a real find. No, that's a tad condescending. I will be forever grateful to myself for finding this author; not hidden away, but in no way highlighted or calling attention to himself. Just "The luck of the Kindle!" But, quite seriously, this man is WAY up there, with the best of the best, the Sherlock Holmes books, the Woman With The Dragon Tattoo books, John Irving, the best of John G
george burns
Dec 22, 2014 george burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readable but Flawed

Mr. Hayman is one of the impressive number of writers active today who can produce very readable books of mystery and suspense. It is only on reflection, that the flaws appear. The story is set in bone chilling Portland, Maine and appropriately enough the victim is found frozen in the trunk of her car. She had been an aggressive and ambitious attorney. She had been abused as a child and was passionate about helping others similarly situated. Detective McCabe is devoted to his
Cheryl M-M
Aug 09, 2014 Cheryl M-M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the McCabe and Savage series, a fast paced police procedural story with a detective who takes his work home with him and his problems from home to work.

Hayman draws attention to the fact that people with mental illnesses often suffer from stereotyping by the people around them and the public in general.

In this case the police automatically assume the 'crazy' girl is just having another episode or psychotic break and just leave her to her own devices and very real fears.

I find it in
Darra Hulsart
Aug 08, 2014 Darra Hulsart rated it it was amazing
The first sentence of the synopsis caught my attention. Not in a weird, creepy, I want seek out dead bodies kind of way. But a book that is unique and as great as the others James Hayman has in the series.

The story takes place in Detective McCabe's territory. Which for a small town, is very rare and disturbing. Each detail of the what transpires is pertinent to solving what happened to the victim. This is the second book I have read part of this series. Both books were nail-biting, intense and
Jul 10, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the McCabe-Savage series that takes place in Maine. I enjoyed this one as much as I did "The Cutting", first one in the series. Main character, McCabe, is not a perfect person. In this tale, he struggles with his past, mainly in the form of his ex-wife, as he attempts to move his current relationship with Kyra forward. Problem is, when he's on a murder case, he has blinders on to almost everything else around him, except maybe his daughter. And then there's his partner ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Jovdb rated it really liked it
I like James Hayman.

In this book McAbe and Maggie are trying to uncover the murderer of Lainie Goff, a young attorney who uses all her attributes to rise in the prestigious law firm in which she works. Disappointed not to make partner, even though she is sleeping with one of the senior partners, she is set to head out for a holiday. She is found dead, in the trunk of her car, some days later.

There are several connections between Laine and potential suspects. McAbe and Maggie have to use their s
Feb 18, 2014 Hanulla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vypadalo to na klidnou, sice chladnou, ale klidnou lednovou noc ve společnosti skotské. Jenže pak detektiva McCaba povolali k vraždě. Obětí je mladá ambiciózní právnička nalezená zmrzlá v kufru auta s podivným vzkazem v ústech, který naznačuje, že obětí jako ona bude víc. A tak začíná v jinak poklidném městě ve státě Maine hon na vraha.
Vzápětí jsou ale do případu vneseny další fakta a okolnosti a mizí jediná svědkyně, která mohla policii aspoň trochu pomoct. Ve světle dalších událostí se začne p
Jul 01, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is winter in Portland and Hayman successfully produced a chill. As much as I, a Chicagoan, appreciated the descriptions of the icy winds and piles of snow, I did not care for some of the other graphic descriptions and skipped past them. Reading about torture when it is presented as it was here is not entertainment for me. I get enough of that on the six o'clock news. The good news: strong, well-defined characters are plentiful and I would enjoy getting to know some of them better. I knew who ...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 18, 2015 Jenifer Mohammed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
As McCabe and Savage try to figure out who killed and stuffed a beautiful lawyer in the trunk of her car, they encounter a host of potential killers and a victim who becomes more sympathetic, the more they learn about her past. Complicating the situation is the need to search for a schizophrenic witness who saw the murder and wasn't first believed by the police even as the killer stalks her. Things get even crazier as they find evidence of a sexual sadist and need to track him down as well. This ...more
Up All Night Book Addict
I started this series with the first book, The Cutting. I really enjoyed it. So, naturally, it is to be expected that I enjoy this too. Between James Hayman and Joe Conlan, I may turn in to a huge fan of serial killer themed thrillers! These books keep me on the edge of my seat! It's like reading from a script of Criminal Minds.

First, you don't necessarily need to read the first book to read this one. They are two separate stories. The only reason I would suggest reading the first one is to get
Aug 18, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all suspense lovers
Recommended to Molly by: PUYB
I am pleased to promote James Hayman's latest book, The Chill of Night. This is the second book by him that I have reviewed, the first being The Cutting. I will warn you though, this is NOT a Christian novel so it does have scenes and language that some of you may not like. I went into reading this book knowing that so if you know ahead of time, then you can be quite pleased with a book like this! It's an awesome suspense novel that quickly draws the reader in. If we could erase the language, it ...more
Jim Thomsen
Jul 25, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, suspense
From My Blog....[return][return]James Hayman’s delightful character Detective Michael McCabe is back in Hayman’s newest novel, The Chill of Night. Readers first met Detective Michael McCabe in The Cutting and while it is not necessary to read the books in order, I believe the reader will want to after reading The Chill of Night. A woman’s body is discovered frozen in her truck, the dead woman turns out to have been a high-powered attorney with a lot of secrets and even more enemies. To further c ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From My Blog...

James Hayman’s delightful character Detective Michael McCabe is back in Hayman’s newest novel, The Chill of Night. Readers first met Detective Michael McCabe in The Cutting and while it is not necessary to read the books in order, I believe the reader will want to after reading The Chill of Night. A woman’s body is discovered frozen in her truck, the dead woman turns out to have been a high-powered attorney with a lot of secrets and even more enemies. To further confuse the invest
Cheryl "Mash"
Oct 04, 2010 Cheryl "Mash" rated it liked it
The Chill Of Night by James Hayman
Published by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 978-0-312-53271-0
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a HC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review.
Synopsis (borrowed from book's jacket): Beautiful, Brilliant, and ambitious, Lainie Goff has overcome a nightmarish past to achieve remarkable success as a young attorney on the fast track to a partnership at one of the more respected law firms in New England. Then one cold night, the secrets of her past come hurtling b
Nov 10, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
Synopsis from product description: Glamorous young Portland attorney Lainie Goff thought she had it all—brains, beauty, and a fast-track to a partnership in a top-ranked firm that was going to make her rich. But then one cold winter night she pushed things too far, and her naked frozen body is found in the sub-zero temperatures at the end of the Portland Fish Pier. The only witness to the crime: a mentally disturbed young woman named Abby Quinn who mysteriously disappears the very same night. Wi ...more
Elizabeth A.
Jul 17, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
He took a deep breath and walked toward the trunk, preparing himself for the first few seconds he’d spend alone with the victim. The cop and the corpse. A unique and strangely intimate relationship. – The Chill of Night

Called to the Portland Fish Pier late one night to investigate a report of a body Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe is confronted with a dead woman in the trunk of an abandoned car, frozen solid by the bitter Maine cold. The body is quickly identified as local attorney Lainie Goff
Jul 18, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Detective Michael McCabe receives a phone call to come down to the pier. A woman’s body has been found in the trunk of an abandoned car. The woman is attorney Lainie Goff. Detective McCabe knows the first several hours are critical in a murder case. That is why McCabe jumps into his investigation right away.

McCabe comes upon one witness but there is just one problem…she is considered crazy. Her name is Abby Quinn. As McCabe digs into who Lainie was, he enters a dark world. Also can he figure ou
Elizabeth Jester
Nov 25, 2012 Elizabeth Jester rated it really liked it
Once again, I've enjoyed James Hayman's writing style immensely. I liked the voice he gave to his characters in his first novel, The Cutting, and was pleased to find that he brought some of them back for a second go round. I found myself feeling quite attached to the lead character, Portland's homicide detective Michael McCabe, very early on in The Cutting, and felt the same connection with him in this second novel. I did feel like the end of this novel was slightly rushed and that there could h ...more
Aug 06, 2010 Chrissy rated it really liked it

This is my first book that I have read from James Hayman. The author has another book that came out before this one called The Cutting and after reading The Chill Of Night I am most definitely going to check out The Cutting. I enjoyed this read from the first page all the way to the last page.

Unfortunately for Lainie Goff her life was cut short one cold night when her body was found frozen in the truck of her abandoned car. Lainie has had a dark nightmarish past but has since become an attorney
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Mar 29, 2012 Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The police receive an ordinary call - an abandoned car on the pier – but this car contains something a bit out of the ordinary…a dead woman. Detectives Michael McCabe and Maggie Savage lead the investigation into the homicide of a young attorney, Lainie Goff – a woman with secrets and a lot of baggage. McCabe is a good cop with his own baggage, but he is unrelenting in his search for the truth and won’t just take the easy answers others would.

This is an entertaining detective story where the cha
Julie scott
Apr 10, 2014 Julie scott rated it it was amazing
I just love this series its fantastic. McCabe and Savage are great characters these stories just keep you guessing and guessing. I adored the character of Abby who struggles with schizophrenia and is running from the killer who she witnessed killing Laine Goff & now Abby is running for her life terrified that DEATH will catch her. I was drawn to the character of Abby from beginning to end there's just something very special about Abby......I read a review for the next book "Darkness First" s ...more
Wilde Sky
A female attorney is murdered and the only witness is a disturbed woman.

The basic story is a good idea, but the execution is poor – in particular the writing is laboured / repetitive (a good edit removing 50 odd pages could have made it a better book). The only character that felt real was Abby, the ‘schizophrenic’.

I found the killer to be obvious about half way through, but the book did pick up from around page 300.

I rated it 3 stars but it was (in my opinion) really a 2.5.
Jan 25, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-chlenge
A suspenseful police mystery that keeps the reader reading non-stop!
The main character, McCabe, is a police detective in Portland, Maine. He uses his intuition and intelligence to tract down the killer of a beautiful young lawyer.
There were very detailed and interesting information as to how police investigations are carried out.
Very well written and the plot was intricate with many intriguing characters.
Jan 22, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
A very good murder mystery novel featuring Detectives Savage and McCabe. This is book two. Unlike the first novel, this one had more twists and turns not leading you directly to the killer within the first couple of chapters. The murder of a prominent lawyer leads the PPD on a wild and difficult chase to find a missing witness and a killer. So many suspects.....
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James Hayman is a transplanted New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, he spent more than twenty years on Madison Avenue writing TV advertising for clients like The U.S. Army, Lincoln-Mercury and Procter & Gamble. He moved to Maine in 2001 and decided to scratch a lifelong itch to write fiction. A lifelong thriller fan he began work on The Cutting. Much to Jim's surprise, his fir ...more
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