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 decision: how far to go to protect his future from his past.
A debut novel that's drawn comparisons to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man held hostage by circumstance. This is a riveting exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us, in which 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.
©2007 Marcus Sakey; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Sakey's brilliant debut is a must-read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fast pacing...effective use of the Chicago landscape, surprising plot twists, and some thought-provoking musings on the changing nature of longtime friendships give this debut caper novel both substance and suspense. Sakey is a writer to watch." (Booklist)
This was so good that I didn't want to stop listening but at the same time I wanted to stop
to make it last longer.If I were a movie you'd
be on the edge of your seat with your eyes covered peeking thru your hands,afraid of what
was going to happen next.Very likable characters..even the bad ones
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
Marcus Sakey is a thriller writer's writer. It's no wonder there was so much hype about this book (his first). It is fast, unflinching, captivating and impossible to put down. Crisp dialogue and its relentless pace expose the listener to a compelling story of ethical choices and their consequences. Fascinating premise of anyone's worst nightmare. If you enjoy this don't miss City on the Edge and Good People.
A newcomer to the audiobook experience, I've had a couple of disappointments, but this book thrilled me from start to finish. Everything from the choppy prose to the gravelly reading voice is raw, direct and honest. I'd highly recommend it.
This book is difficult to put down! The author brings his characters to life in a manner that makes one shiver. A careful reading makes very clear that Evan McGann has spent a tortured youth convincing him "the game" was the only way to live, and years in prison didn't make him a better person. Sakey's description of his prison experiences literally made me cold. Clearly, Danny Carter was on the right track, but when everything he values is threatened, he goes along with Evan's scheme.
A beautiful social commentary on class differences and the effects prison...as well as love...can have on an individual. I look forward to this writer's next book with great anticipation.
Good writers write about what they know. Marcus Sakey knows how to describe this world, He writes this story with feeling, strength, and skill. At no time does this story leave and step into cliche, the plot is tight and builds with tension and menace. Leading up to events are plausible scenarios described with detail and precise clairity and the world created by the author seems real and possible. This is a very good book, it took me a long time to bring it from my wish list into my cart and I wish I had listened to it sooner. I would highly recommend this story.
I liked everything about this book, from the thought-provoking title to the surprise ending. The narrator does a great job. There are plenty of plot twists and turns, and enough social commentary to satisfy even the most exacting reader.
It took me about 4 days to finish it, that's how good it is. I sat on my deck for 2 hours on Sunday to finish this book.
As a native Chicagoan, I loved the "views" of the city.
If you like crime fiction, don't miss this one.
The story is about a guy who has a friend who is crazy. They're robbers. they go in to rob a pawn shop - all goes well until the friend does something crazy and stupid. The friend gets caught by the police and the main chracter escapes. For the rest of the book, we have to listen about how the main guy owes the crazy guy because the crazy guy didn't rat on him. Pa - lease! It was the crazy guy's own fault that he got caught - and almost got our 'hero' caught too.
The book is well written but the moral delimmas are hardly compelling. And the neat way everything gets wrapped up - yeah, right.
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