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The Blade Itself

A Novel

By Marcus Sakey

The Blade Itself
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2007,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Nov 2007,
    352 pages.

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Marcus Sakey was born in Flint, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. He is married and lives in Chicago where he has recently completed his second novel, At the City's Edge (Jan 2008). To prepare for The Blade Itself he shadowed homicide detectives, learned to pick a deadbolt in sixty seconds, and drank plenty of Jameson.

Sakey was motivated to write a book after inviting author J.A. Konrath out for a beer following a speech Konrath gave at Columbia College, which Sakey attended for a short time. When they staggered out of the bar five hours later one particular comment of Konrath's was seared into Sakey's brain: "You could stay in school, and in a year you’ll have an MFA. Or you could leave and have a manuscript." Put that way, Sakey ...

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