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Publisher Comments:

On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow...until, in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

Years later, Danny has built a new life: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until then he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror...

Now, with all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?

Review:

"Taut, involving, and memorable. Marcus Sakey is an authentic, original new voice in crime fiction." George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener

Review:

"A truly excellent debut like vintage Elmore Leonard crossed with classic Dennis Lehane." Lee Child, author of The Hard Way

Review:

"Simply put, Marcus Sakey has penned one of the most stunning and appealing works of fiction I've ever read. It's quite possible that The Blade Itself will be recognized as the crime debut of the decade." Victor Gischler, author of Gun Monkeys

Review:

"[N]ot until the very end of the story is it clear who Danny is or where he stands. His ability to churn these questions so vigorously will bring Mr. Sakey attention and give him a toehold among the crime writers he admires." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Review:

"Sakey...delivers a pitch-perfect novel that puts him squarely in league with authors such as Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard and T. Jefferson Parker." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"A promising start from a writer willing to get deep into a city's grit." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Sakey's insights into Danny's struggles to maintain a decent, honest life truly make the story stand out." Library Journal

Review:

"Astoundingly good...the terrifically engaging, poetically structured tale of a man both tortured and tempted by his criminal past." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"A white-knuckle story...with a cool, commanding style." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Keenly crafted and cinematic...Sakey holds a mirror up to the city and in its reflection captures local as well as universal truths." Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

In this widely praised and explosive debut thriller, a young Chicago professional learns that the more he has, the more he has to lose.

Synopsis:

On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow...until, in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

Years later, Danny has built a new life: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until then he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror...

Now, with all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?

Synopsis:

Marcus Sakey's wildly praised debut thriller is an explosive, thrill-a-minute read'

 

"Delivers a kick and leaves no loose ends."-- The New York Times

On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow'until, in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

"ONE OF THIS YEAR'S BEST...LITERATE, COMPLEX, AND

WONDERFULLY SUSPENSEFUL." --SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Years later, Danny has built a new life: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until then he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror...

 

"Even better than they say." --Chicago Tribune

Now, with all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?

About the Author

Marcus Sakey is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Blade Itself. He has shadowed homicide detectives, toured the morgue, interviewed soldiers, ridden with gang cops, and learned to pick a dead bolt in sixty seconds. Born in Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Chicago with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312371043
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Sakey, Marcus
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20071127
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.87 x 4.01 x 0.89 in

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312371043 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Taut, involving, and memorable. Marcus Sakey is an authentic, original new voice in crime fiction."
"Review" by , "A truly excellent debut like vintage Elmore Leonard crossed with classic Dennis Lehane."
"Review" by , "Simply put, Marcus Sakey has penned one of the most stunning and appealing works of fiction I've ever read. It's quite possible that The Blade Itself will be recognized as the crime debut of the decade."
"Review" by , "[N]ot until the very end of the story is it clear who Danny is or where he stands. His ability to churn these questions so vigorously will bring Mr. Sakey attention and give him a toehold among the crime writers he admires."
"Review" by , "Sakey...delivers a pitch-perfect novel that puts him squarely in league with authors such as Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard and T. Jefferson Parker."
"Review" by , "A promising start from a writer willing to get deep into a city's grit."
"Review" by , "Sakey's insights into Danny's struggles to maintain a decent, honest life truly make the story stand out."
"Review" by , "Astoundingly good...the terrifically engaging, poetically structured tale of a man both tortured and tempted by his criminal past."
"Review" by , "A white-knuckle story...with a cool, commanding style."
"Review" by , "Keenly crafted and cinematic...Sakey holds a mirror up to the city and in its reflection captures local as well as universal truths."
"Synopsis" by , In this widely praised and explosive debut thriller, a young Chicago professional learns that the more he has, the more he has to lose.
"Synopsis" by ,
On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow...until, in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

Years later, Danny has built a new life: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until then he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror...

Now, with all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?

"Synopsis" by ,
Marcus Sakey's wildly praised debut thriller is an explosive, thrill-a-minute read'

 

"Delivers a kick and leaves no loose ends."-- The New York Times

On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow'until, in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

"ONE OF THIS YEAR'S BEST...LITERATE, COMPLEX, AND

WONDERFULLY SUSPENSEFUL." --SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Years later, Danny has built a new life: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until then he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror...

 

"Even better than they say." --Chicago Tribune

Now, with all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?

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