THE CHILL OF THE NIGHT by James Hayman

THE CHILL OF THE NIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young woman on anti-psychotic medication witnesses a murder. Or does she?

When Abby Quinn glimpses a naked man puncturing a naked woman’s neck with a thin blade, she hightails it to the Harts Island, Maine, police station. But because she’s known for hearing voices and seeing nonexistent objects, nobody pays attention to her babbling, and Abby runs off screaming that death is after her. It’s all business as usual until the frozen body of naked Lainie Goff turns up stuffed in a car abandoned on Portland’s Fish Pier. The island cop advises Detectives Michael McCabe and Maggie Savage that there may be an eyewitness to the killing, but confesses that he lost her. While sorting through Lainie’s love life, law firm associates and fellow volunteers at Sanctuary House, an abused kids’ reclamation center run by an ex-priest, McCabe and Savage search for Abby. The psychiatrist who treated her and also helped McCabe deal with his own divorce issues offers suggestions, but they’re not enough to prevent another fatality. An incriminating tape will surface before the Goff murder is resolved and Abby is freed from death’s clutches.

McCabe (The Cutting, 2009) is really a nice guy, but he’s saddled with a tedious plot.

Pub Date: July 6th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-53271-0
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2010