Review: Darkness First – James Hayman

Publisher: Witness Impulse (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-n/a
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Conor Riordan – Vicious Psychopathic Killer.
Margaret “Maggie” Savage – Portland Maine Detective, Crimes Against People Unit.
Detective Michale McCabe – Maggie’s Boss, Partner, Head of the Crimes Against People Unit.


Five Million Dollars worth of Oxycontin disappears from Canada. Authorities say it was lost at sea. However, Oxycontin presumably from Canada begins surfacing in Maine. One man is behind it all, Conor Riordan. He’s determined to kill anyone who gets in between him and the money. Will Maggie Savage and McCabe find the killer before innocent people die, and who is really Conor Riordan. To find out, read Darkness First.


This was a very intense thriller. From the first few opening pages, you get a sense of how far Conor will go for money. When he begins killing people, you get to see his sadistic personality. Then you throw in Maggie Savage, who is doggedly determined to be involved in this case. I wasn’t able to find anything I didn’t like about this novel. While it was part of a series, I was able to dive in without having read any previous entries.

The subject matter and content is definitely not for younger audiences. When someone is killed, the description can be quite vivid, and more timid personalities might find it offensive. However, for your average reader, I think you’d find it a great thriller and one you are unable to put down. I’d definitely recommend this for all you thriller fans out there.

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About the Author

Like McCabe, I’m a native New Yorker. He was born in the Bronx. I was born in Brooklyn. We both grew up in the city. He dropped out of NYU Film School and joined the NYPD, rising through the ranks to become the top homicide cop at the Midtown North Precinct. I graduated from Brown and joined a major New York ad agency, rising through the ranks to become creative director on accounts like the US Army, Procter & Gamble, and Lincoln/Mercury.

We both married beautiful brunettes. McCabe’s wife, Sandy dumped him to marry a rich investment banker who had “no interest in raising other people’s children.” My wife, Jeanne, though often given good reason to leave me in the lurch, has stuck it out through thick and thin and is still my wife. She is also my best friend, my most attentive reader and a perceptive critic.

Both McCabe and I eventually left New York for Portland, Maine. I arrived in August 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, in search of the right place to begin a new career as a fiction writer. He came to town a year later, to escape a dark secret in his past and to find a safe place to raise his teenage daughter, Casey.

There are other similarities between us. We both love good Scotch whiskey, old movie trivia and the New York Giants. And we both live with and love women who are talented artists.

There are also quite a few differences. McCabe’s a lot braver than me. He’s a better shot. He likes boxing. He doesn’t throw up at autopsies. And he’s far more likely to take risks. McCabe’s favorite Portland bar, Tallulah’s, is, sadly, a figment of my imagination. My favorite Portland bars are all very real.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Danielle at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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