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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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How far would you go to protect everything you love? First novel compared to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman and Quentin Tarantino. Thriller

Wake up and smell the fear! There's a new thriller writer in town who's drawing comparisons to some of the most established names in the business. Lee Child compares The Blade Itself to "vintage Elmore Leonard, crossed with classic Dennis Lehane". Kirkus Reviews thinks it reminiscent of George Pelecanos, and Publishers Weekly describes it as just plain "brilliant". In fact, there are so many comparisons drawn to other writers that one can't help wondering whether The Blade Itself is really Sakey's "voice" or whether he is so entrenched in other people's writing that he has, intentionally or otherwise, amalgamated these other voices into his first book? Only time, and further books, will answer that question!

Sakey addresses the issue of distinctiveness in a short interview you can read at BookBrowse...

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