The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey
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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.

About Marcus Sakey

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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 dead bolt in sixty seconds. Born in Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Chicago with his wife. Visit his Web site at for contests, behind-the-scenes info, and an excerpt of his upcoming novel.
Published June 4, 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 325 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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One man's attempts to shake off his checkered past are foiled when his old partner in crime returns.

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The New York Times

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Marcus Sakey is a new thriller writer whose first novel has hints of Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy.

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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 endin

Oct 02 2006 | Read Full Review of The Blade Itself: A Novel

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McGann turns up the pressure on Carter, until Carter.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Debut author Marcus Sakey could have written an even better novel if he had used the blade itself to cut out some of the novel’s way-too-sentimental scenes and its … ending."

Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of The Blade Itself: A Novel

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