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Starred Review. What would you do if, like Chicagoans Tom and Anna Reed, you stumbled on $400,000 that seemed heaven sent? After reading Sakey's masterful third crime thriller, you'd probably leave it untouched. In increasing debt from failed attempts to produce a child, Tom and Anna can't resist taking the money they discover hidden in their deceased tenant's apartment. After the initial euphoria, the Reeds find themselves dealing with a deadly drug dealer who wants something they don't have, a vengeful robber looking for the money they do have and a suspicious cop who knows they're holding out on him. Sakey, who excels at taking ordinary good people and forcing them to meet terrible challenges, ratchets up the stakes, creating ever more diabolical traps and ever more desperate escapes until the final shattering conclusion. Having topped his previous two novels (At the City's Edge and The Blade Itself), Sakey may have trouble equaling this stellar performance. (Aug.)
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Acclaim for Marcus Sakey and his novels...
“AN ASTOUNDINGLY GOOD WRITER.” —San Jose Mercury News
“A brainy, twisty, sometimes twisted mystery.”--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
“MARCUS SAKEY IS EXACTLY THE ELECTRIC JOLT AMERICAN CRIME FICTION NEEDS.”—Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Live by Night
“SAKEY IS A PRODIGIOUS TALENT.”—Laura Lippman, author of And When She Was Good
AN AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL NEW VOICE.”—George Pelecanos, author of What it Was and Shame the Devil
"Like vintage Elmore Leonard crossed with classic Dennis Lehane.”—Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
"A brilliant writer. He gets inside the heads of people and shows how one word or turn can lead away from the safe and narrow and into a full blown nightmare."—The Huffington Post
"This giant among crime novelists always holds one spare bullet in his arsenal." —Chicago Sun-Times
"The new master of the thriller." —Providence Journal
“One of the hottest young crime writers in the country.”—The Oregonian