The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Marcus Sakey returns with his most ambitious novel, a captivating story of love and memory, where the only thing more frightening than the questions are the answers. A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.

None of it is familiar.

What is he doing here? How did he get into the ocean? 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. Lost, alone, and on the run, the man who might be Daniel Hayes flees into the night.

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.

But that raises the most chilling question of all: What will he find when he gets there?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, c2011
ISBN: 9780525952114
Branch Call Number: SAKE
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Sep 07, 2014

"Waking up half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no memory of who he is, a naked man stumbles across a silver BMW. The Bimmer contains clothes, cash, a gun, and registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, and so "Daniel" takes off for a cheap motel, where he learns he's in Maine and dreams of a television actress. But there's a cop on his trail -- has he done something, or has Daniel? As he heads to L.A. (sure that answers await him there), Daniel ("Daniel"?) struggles to figure out who he is, why he's in trouble, and how to get himself out of it, with only random memories to help him out. We can't say much more without giving it away, but the suspense is so intense that it's "a possible threat to readers' cardiac health," says Library Journal." Thrillers and Suspense September 2014 newsletter

debwalker Jun 17, 2011

Discover: A sharp, vivid thriller about an amnesiac man searching for his identity while running from the police.

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