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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
 
Awards
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


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Bleak Harbor (2018)
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Unspeakable Things (2020)
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