Haunted, still reeling from his discharge from the Army, all Jason wanted was to spend the summer drinking too much and chasing girls. Instead, he is drawn into a fight he never imagined. Someone is hunting his eight-year-old nephew. Gangs are running rampant, and the neighborhood is under siege. What begins as a simple quest for justice soon spirals out of control as the war raging here starts to seem like the one Jason just left - because this isn't the work of an ordinary street gang. And the forces behind it will stop at nothing to maintain their secrecy.
After all, this is Chicago, where corruption is the cost of doing business; where issues of race and class smolder just beneath the surface.
©2008 Marcus Sakey; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"The narrative drive of this white-knuckle story owes everything to the raw tension between virtuous Danny and evil Evan....Sakey pulls it off by virtue of his cool, commanding style." (The New York Times)
"Told with skill and economy, and with a keen sense of Chicago as a city....[Sakey's] novel is fast-moving and suspenseful....The Blade Itself is an impressive start to his career." (The Washington Post)
Markus Sakey has officially put himself amongst the authors for which I will heavily anticipate each release along with Michael Connelly, Harlen Coben, and Dean Koontz.
His prose is efficient, yet descriptive, sometimes beautifully so, and I feel like I've been to Chicago more than the one time I've been there.
I enjoy Mr. Sakey's books so much, this is the first time I've ever reviewed a book on Audible, and I fully recommend it to any mystery/thriller fan.
Everything about this book was good.
There is nothing spectacular here, but Sakey proves to be a real good writer, the story will keep your interest, at times it is "can't put down", and the reader does a good job.
The only thing I can say negative is the irritating way the narrator reads the kids voice, but that may be a derivative of the campy dialogue between adults and the kid.
Overall, a definite "Recommend"! I will also probably look for the next Sakey novel.
Extremely well written
Sakey does a great job of introducing sinister characters early on in his books who commit a crime, then disappear into the background. By doing this readers are always on edge as to when the character is going to surface to cause more trouble. And he also does a great job of establishing early on, main characters who are flawed but likeable, so you care what happens to them. This mixture of characters you care about and looming threats are what make Sakey's books suspenseful.
When the ex-solder pretends he's a cop so he can enter the well protected house of a drug lord to question him.
I don't know, something that plays off the fact that the main characters where family and the great lengths someone will go to when a child is threatened.
I think this is one of the best literary works of suspense I've read (actually listened to). The descriptions Sakey uses to paint the visual pictures of the story were amazing.
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