Sunday, July 03, 2011

Book Alert: The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes - Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey, a writer called "genius" (Chicago Tribune), "astoundingly good" (San Jose Mercury News), and "brilliant" (The Huffington Post), is returning to the crime scene this summer with his most ambitious novel to date.  THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES is a captivating story of love and memory that asks an intriguing question: if you lost your memory, who would you choose to be?

THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES starts with a man waking up cold, alone, and half-drowned on an abandoned beach, with no memory of who he is.  Inside a nearby BMW, he finds clothes that fit perfectly, a Rolex, a bank envelope stuffed with cash, and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.  What is he doing here?  Is he Daniel Hayes, and if so, why doesn't he remember?  While he searches for answers, the world searches for him -- beginning with the police that kick in the door of his dingy motel, with guns drawn.

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.

(I've read this book, and it's excellent.  Sakey is a fine writer.  Recommended.)

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