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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marcus Sakey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

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.

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