Home from Iraq and still reeling from his discharge, Jason Palmer plans to spend the summer drinking too much and chasing girls. But when his brother is brutally murdered, Jason is all that stands between his eight-year-old nephew and a pair of ruthless killers with a mysterious agenda. As he struggles to protect all that remains of his family, Jason finds himself embroiled in something much larger than a simple quest for justice. Chicago is burning, set ablaze by gang warfare and the passions of wicked men, and the battle for Jason's South Side neighborhood is looking more and more like the war he just left.
"A familiar but brutally effective action-heavy thriller, ready-made for film." - Kirkus Reviews.
"It's fast paced from the get-go and just as good as Sakey's stellar debut, The Blade Itself. If you don't already, start recommending him to all your George Pelecanos fans." - Library Journal.
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Marcus Sakey was born in Flint, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, and collected single terms at grad schools in several states. He then spent ten years in advertising and marketing.
To research his books, he has shadowed homicide detectives, toured the morgue, gone shooting with Special Forces soldiers, ridden with gang cops, and learned to pick a deadbolt. His first novel, The Blade Itself, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR, and chosen both a New York Times Editor's Pick and one of Esquire Magazine's "Top 5 Reads of 2007." The Chicago Tribune called his second novel, At the City's Edge, "nothing short of brilliant." His third, Good People, came out to wide critical acclaim.
He lives with his wife in Chicago.
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