Marcus Sakey

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General Information

Name: Marcus Sakey

Pen Name: None

Born: 1974 in Flint, Michigan





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

Titles at Your Library

The Blade Itself: A Novel

ISBN: 0312360312
Release Date: 2007-01-09

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Good People

ISBN: 0525950842
Release Date: 2008-08-14

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SIN: A Deadly Anthology

ISBN: 0974793469
Release Date: 2008-09-01

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The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

ISBN: 052595211X
Release Date: 2011-06-09

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Brilliance (The Brilliance Trilogy)

ISBN: 1611099692
Release Date: 2013-07-16

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Literary Awards

The Blade Itself

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

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Marcus Sakey on WorldCat


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