The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey

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“A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery.”--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

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 an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California.

None of it is familiar. How did he get here? Who is he? While he searches for answers, the world searches for him—beginning with the cops who kick in the door of his dingy motel with drawn guns. All he remembers is a woman’s face, so he leaves town in search of her in hopes of uncovering his true identity. But that raises the most chilling question of all…

What will he find when he gets there?

Praise for Marcus Sakey

"Truly excellent. Like vintage Elmore Leonard crossed with classic Dennis Lehane.”—Lee Child, author of A Wanted Man and Never Go Back

“An authentic, original new voice.”—George Pelecanos, author of The Double and What it Was

"The reigning prince of crime fiction."--Chicago Tribune

"The electric jolt American crime fiction needs."--Dennis Lehane

“Crime drama for the 21st century.”—National Public Radio

“One of the hottest young crime writers in the country.”—The Oregonian

“Snappy writing…hair-raising.”—Entertainment Weekly

Marcus Sakey is the author of Brilliance, The Amateurs, Good People, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, and other novels and stories.


About Marcus Sakey

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Marcus Sakey is the author of The Amateurs, Good People, The Blade Itself, and At the City's Edge. He lives in Chicago with his wife. Author websites:,, and twitter: @marcussakey
Published May 1, 2012 by NAL Trade. 400 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

It's been some time since we last heard from Marcus Sakey, but THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES makes it more than worth the wait.

Jun 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

The Bookbag

(By the time you reach the end, you also realise just how clever the novel's title is.) The final third of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes is, to quote Lee Child on the book blurb truly excellent.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

Oregon Live

"The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes," the latest thriller by Marcus Sakey, aspires to be many things: a contemplation of the aftermath of a traumatic event (a "dissociative fugue"), a cat-and-mouse game between an extraordinarily evil villain and two (not particularly sympathetic) protagonists, both ...

Jul 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

Chicago Tribune

But then I thought better of it, and by a little less than halfway through the novel things got a hold of me and I stayed to witness Hayes try to work out his life and his fate, which takes place in a relatively satisfying manner — considering the confusion and obfuscation of the opening hundred ...

Jul 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

For a vertiginous moment, Daniel lost track of which was him and which was the reflection, like one was a doppleganger that could break free and act independently, as he seemed to have snapped from his life.” Sakey excels at character development, but he also succeeds with dialogue and showing r...

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