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.
This biography was last updated on 07/03/2011.
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A Conversation with Marcus Sakey, author of The Blade Itself
Acclaimed author David Morrell is the author of 28 books, including First Blood, the novel that introduced the world to John Rambo. With 18 million books in print, hes considered one of the fathers of the modern thriller and is a co-founder of International Thriller Writers.
Morrell is also a friend and mentor to debut novelist (and diehard fan) Marcus Sakey, and recently interviewed him about beginnings, the publishing industry, and the passions that drive us.
My debut novel First Blood was published in 1972. Because I set a version of the Vietnam War in the United States, it got attention, rare for a first book. I'm pleased to see that your first novel The Blade Itself is getting its own wonderful buzz. Excellent reviews. Blurbs from fabulous, heavy-hitting writers like Lee Child, George Pelecanos, and T. Jefferson Parker. You've been compared to Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. But in fact, you don't imitate. You're one of a kind. What do you think makes your work distinctive?
Well, thats very flattering, as is being compared to guys like Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane, both of whom are ...
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