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How far would you go to protect everything you love? 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.

Then a job went desperately wrong, and in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed. Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past. He's built a new world for himself: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy. Until he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror. The prison-hardened Evan is barely recognizable. Having served his time without dropping Danny's name, his old friend believes he's owed major payback — and he's willing to do anything to get it. 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? A debut novel that's drawn comparison to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man held hostage by circumstance; a riveting exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us, where every effort to do the right thing leads to terrifying consequences and one inevitable conclusion:

The more you have, the more you have to lose.

Review:

"Sakey's brilliant debut, a crime novel set in Chicago, is a must read. From the thrilling opening, a horribly botched pawnshop robbery by childhood friends Evan and Danny, to the riveting ending, the tension ratchets up to almost unbearable levels. After the robbery, Evan serves prison time while Danny turns over a new leaf and eventually earns a responsible management job in a construction company. Seven years later, Evan is out and comes looking for Danny for payback. Using their past ties as leverage, Evan tries to drag Danny back into their partnership. Sakey convincingly portrays the bonds forged in adolescence and the gulf wrought by prison for one and hard work for the other. In a battle of wits and wills, the stakes escalate as Danny fights to preserve his new life and the ruthless Evan counters every attempt Danny makes to break free. The collateral damage is high in a page-turner that has already received plaudits from Lee Child, George Pelecanos and T. Jefferson Parker." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Marcus Sakey's first novel, 'The Blade Itself,' arrives with a good deal of prepublication buzz, and the praise is mostly justified. It's a stylish update of a time-tested plot, that of the human predator who sets out to terrorize or destroy an individual or family that has aroused his wrath. One of the earliest and best examples of this subgenre was John D. MacDonald's 'The Executioners,' in which... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

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

Review:

"[W]hat a thrilling ride debut author Sakey has concocted." Library Journal

Review:

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

Review:

"The Blade Itself does keep this subject suspenseful: not 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:

"With the publication of Chicago writer Marcus Sakey's first novel, we have the chance to make an entry in our notebooks or our journals and say, 'Hey, I just read a really engrossing first novel about crime and punishment in Chicago.'" Dallas Morning News

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....The Blade Itself is one of two nearly flawless debuts of 2007." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Synopsis:

In an explosive debut thriller reminiscent of the best of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, 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:

How far would you go to protect everything you love?
 
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.

Then a job went desperately wrong, and in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

 
Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past. He's built a new world for himself: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy.
 
Until he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror. The prison-hardened Evan is barely recognizable. Having served his time without dropping Danny's name, his old friend believes he's owed major payback---and he's willing to do anything to get it. 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?
 
A debut novel that's drawn comparison to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man held hostage by circumstance; a riveting exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us, where every effort to do the right thing leads to terrifying consequences and one inevitable conclusion:

 

The more you have, the more you have to lose.

About the Author

Marcus Sakey is an award-winning advertising writer. While researching The Blade Itself he shadowed homicide detectives, toured the morgue, and learned to pick a deadbolt in sixty seconds. Born in Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Chicago with his wife. Visit his website at: www.MarcusSakey.com for contests, behind-the-scenes info, and an excerpt of his upcoming novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312360313
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Sakey, Marcus
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Ex-convicts
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective/Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.87 x 4.01 x 0.89 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sakey's brilliant debut, a crime novel set in Chicago, is a must read. From the thrilling opening, a horribly botched pawnshop robbery by childhood friends Evan and Danny, to the riveting ending, the tension ratchets up to almost unbearable levels. After the robbery, Evan serves prison time while Danny turns over a new leaf and eventually earns a responsible management job in a construction company. Seven years later, Evan is out and comes looking for Danny for payback. Using their past ties as leverage, Evan tries to drag Danny back into their partnership. Sakey convincingly portrays the bonds forged in adolescence and the gulf wrought by prison for one and hard work for the other. In a battle of wits and wills, the stakes escalate as Danny fights to preserve his new life and the ruthless Evan counters every attempt Danny makes to break free. The collateral damage is high in a page-turner that has already received plaudits from Lee Child, George Pelecanos and T. Jefferson Parker." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Taut, involving, and memorable, Marcus Sakey is an authentic, original new voice in crime fiction."
"Review" by , "[W]hat a thrilling ride debut author Sakey has concocted."
"Review" by , "A promising start from a writer willing to get deep into a city's grit."
"Review" by , "The Blade Itself does keep this subject suspenseful: not 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 , "With the publication of Chicago writer Marcus Sakey's first novel, we have the chance to make an entry in our notebooks or our journals and say, 'Hey, I just read a really engrossing first novel about crime and punishment in Chicago.'"
"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....The Blade Itself is one of two nearly flawless debuts of 2007."
"Synopsis" by , In an explosive debut thriller reminiscent of the best of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, 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 ,
How far would you go to protect everything you love?
 
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.

Then a job went desperately wrong, and in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

 
Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past. He's built a new world for himself: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy.
 
Until he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror. The prison-hardened Evan is barely recognizable. Having served his time without dropping Danny's name, his old friend believes he's owed major payback---and he's willing to do anything to get it. 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?
 
A debut novel that's drawn comparison to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man held hostage by circumstance; a riveting exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us, where every effort to do the right thing leads to terrifying consequences and one inevitable conclusion:

 

The more you have, the more you have to lose.

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