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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marcus Sakey  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

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.


Awards

The Blade Itself


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

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A better world
ISBN: 9781491556788. OCLC Number: 894824683

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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.

A better world /
ISBN: 1477823948. OCLC Number: 871329696

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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"--Amazon.com.

At the city's edge /
ISBN: 0312360320. OCLC Number: 170057977

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

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.

Brilliance
ISBN: 9781480565944. OCLC Number: 873366252

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In Wyoming, a little girl reads people's darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up.

Brilliance /
ISBN: 1611099692. OCLC Number: 827973650

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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.

Good people
ISBN: 0451474953. OCLC Number: 881888094

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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.

Good people :
ISBN: 0525950842. OCLC Number: 193913160

Dutton,. .

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.

NO TURNING BACK.
ISBN: 0552174629. OCLC Number: 1006462295

CORGI,. .

Sin :
ISBN: 0974793469. OCLC Number: 261632940

Avendia Pub.,. .

The amateurs
ISBN: 9781511386524. OCLC Number: 932171370

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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 rear view 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. And for four people pushed to the ragged edge, the only thing more dangerous than the men chasing them might be their best friends.

The amateurs /
ISBN: 0525951261. OCLC Number: 311776962

Dutton,. .

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 blade itself /
ISBN: 0312360312. OCLC Number: 70883260

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

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.

The blade itself :
ISBN: 9780792747246. OCLC Number: 123308876

BBC Audiobooks America,. .

For Danny Carter, retired thief turned respectable businessman, sharing a normal life with his loving girlfriend seems like the ultimate score--until his former partner comes looking for him. A hardened killer fresh out of Stateville, his partner wants to kidnap the son of Danny's millionaire boss, and needs help to pull it off. Doing the job could cost Danny his career, his relationship, and his freedom; refusing could cost him his life. 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?

The two deaths of Daniel Hayes
ISBN: 9781471329241. OCLC Number: 827951818

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A man wakes naked and cold on a deserted beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside it he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex and a driving licence in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California. None of them is familiar. When the cops kick in the door of his dingy motel room with guns drawn, the man flees into the night. All he remembers is a woman's face, so he sets off for the only place where he might find her. Might that be the way back to himself? But that raises the most chilling question of all: what will he find when he gets there?

The two deaths of Daniel Hayes :
ISBN: 052595211X. OCLC Number: 671703560

Dutton,. .

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.