Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Cutting by James Hayman

The Cutting is a mystery set in Portland, Maine. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used to live there 20 some years ago and I like to read books set there. Anyway, Hayman is recently transplanted there from NYC and writing novels is a second career for him. The book is a bit salacious but a decent first mystery. I find that most mystery writers take a couple of books to get really good but he is worth reading and I think he'll get better. Also, the writer Michael Chabon said that mystery detectives act as a travel guide to their city and Hayman definitely does that. I felt homesick for Portland.


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