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General Information

Name:  Marcus Sakey  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1974 in Flint, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Sakey moved to Chicago in 2002. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago and still resides in the Windy City today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marcus Sakey's thrillers have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, named New York Time's Editor's Picks, selected among Esquire's Top 5 Books of The Year and translated into numerous languages. His novel, ''Good People'' was made into a movie starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, and BRILLIANCE is currently in development with Legendary Pictures (Inception, The Dark Knight.)In 2011, Sakey was the host of the acclaimed television show ''Hidden City'' on the Travel Channel. It was a show about US cities and their famous crimes. The first city he highlighted was none other than his own town of Chicago. Prior to writing, he worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3D animator, a movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer.

Published Works

  • The Blade Itself, Minotaur, 2007
  • Accelerant: At the City's Edge, Minotaur, 2008
  • Good People, Dutton, 2008
  • SIN: A Deadly Anthology, Avendia Publishing, 2008
  • The Amateurs, Dutton, 2009
  • No Turning Back, Corgi, 2010
  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Dutton, 2011
  • Brilliance, Thomas & Mercer, 2013
  • A Better World, Thomas & Mercer, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

The blade itself /
ISBN: 0312360312. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2007.

Leaving his past as a professional thief behind after his best friend and partner Evan is sent to prison, Danny Carter feels safe in his new life, until Evan returns, out on early parole and determined to draw Danny back into a criminal career.

At the city's edge /
ISBN: 0312360320. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2008.

When his brother is murdered, Jason Palmer finds himself protecting his eight-year-old nephew from two killers with a mysterious agenda, while his Chicago South Side neighborhood erupts in a bloodbath of gang warfare and high-level political corruption.

Good people :
ISBN: 0525950842. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2008.

A family, and the security to enjoy it: that's all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in-vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams. So when their downstairs tenant--a recluse whose promptly delivered cashier's checks were barely keeping them afloat--dies in his sleep, the $400,000 they find stashed in his kitchen seems like fate. More than fate: a chance for everything they've dreamed of for so long. But Tom and Anna soon realize that their tenant wasn't a hermit who squirreled away his pennies. He was a criminal who double-crossed some of the most dangerous men in Chicago. Men who won't stop until they get revenge, no matter where they find it.--From publisher description.

Sin :
ISBN: 0974793469. OCLC Number:

Avendia Pub.,. Chicago :. ©2008.

The amateurs /
ISBN: 0525951261. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2009.

Alex is failing as a father. Ian keeps dangerous secrets. Jenn is pining for adventure; Mitch is pining for Jenn. Four friends just scraping by, finding comfort in each other and the hope that things will get better. But as their twenties fade in the rearview mirror, none of them are turning out to be who or where they hoped. In a time when CEOs steal millions while their employees watch savings dwindle, these four are tired of the honest approach. They've decided to stop waiting and start taking. But a supposedly victimless crime has become a bloody nightmare. People have been killed. Ruthless men pursue them. As their world unravels, each will have to choose between their own life and the lives of others.

The two deaths of Daniel Hayes :
ISBN: 052595211X. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©2011.

Waking up half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no memory of who he is, a man stumbles on a BMW and assumes the identity of the person whose papers and clothes he locates inside, soon finding himself targeted for the man's alleged activities.

Brilliance /
ISBN: 1611099692. OCLC Number:

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Nick Cooper, a federal agent, has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in--and betray his own kind.

A better world /
ISBN: 1477823948. OCLC Number:

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"The brilliants changed everything. Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional ... and the rest of us. Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive. Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the president of the United States, he's against everything the terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he dares not lose--because his opponents have their own vision of a better world. And to reach it, they're willing to burn this one down"


The Blade Itself

  • Strand Critic's Award
  • Esquire Five Best Reads List
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

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