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Marcus Sakey

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Marcus Sakey is the author of The Blade Itself, a thriller Publishers Weekly called "brilliant...a must read." To prepare for the novel he shadowed homicide detectives, learned to pick a deadbolt in sixty seconds, and drank plenty of Jameson. Born in Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Chicago with his wife.

Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2008) : The Blade Itself
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2008) : The Blade Itself
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2008) : The Blade Itself
Prometheus Award Best Book nominee (2014) : Brilliance
Prometheus Award Best Book nominee (2015) : A Better World

Marcus Sakey recommends
Killing Red (2009)
(Alex Chapa, book 1)
Henry Perez
"Killing Red is an intense, smart read, and Alex Chapa is a character of flesh and blood. A terrific debut--bravo!"
Red, White & Dead (2009)
(Izzy McNeil, book 3)
Laura Caldwell
"Take Izzy McNeil to bed tonight. You won’t get much sleep, but you’ll spend tomorrow smiling."
Late Rain (2010)
Lynn Kostoff
"Lynn Kostoff is a poet. His characters may be broken and lost, but they are unyielding, and he renders them real with an artist's love. Late Rain is intense, humane, gorgeous, heartbreaking - and very, very good."
A Certain Retribution (2014)
(Merrick McKnight, book 2)
Michael Lister
"Michael lister"
The Swing of Things (2018)
Linda Keir
"Somewhere between Tom Perrotta and Erica Jong lies The Swing of Things, a charming, sexy, and surprisingly tender romp through the dark side of wish fulfillment. I’ll never look at the other playground parents the same way again."
Bleak Harbor (2018)
(Bleak Harbor, book 1)
Bryan Gruley
"Vivid, spellbinding, and laced with tension, Bleak Harbor’s labyrinthine mystery is packed with characters so real you want to buy them a beer—or hide under your bed to pray they don’t come for you. If you’re not reading Bryan Gruley, you’re missing out."
Unspeakable Things (2020)
Jess Lourey
"A noose of a novel that tightens by inches. The squirming tension comes from every direction—including the ones that are supposed to be safe. I felt complicit as I read, as if at any moment I stopped I would be abandoning Cassie, alone, in the dark, straining to listen and fearing to hear."
Interference (2020)
Brad Parks
"Utterly absorbing, relentlessly paced, and cunningly assembled. Brad Parks is the sort of master craftsman who makes everything look easy. I hate him a little bit."

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