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.
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"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's thrillers have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, named New York Time's Editor's Picks, and selected among Esquire Magazine's Top 5 Books of The Year. His novel Good People was made into a movie starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, and his other books are in various stages of development for film.
Born in Flint, Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan before beginning a decade-long career in television and advertising.
His debut thriller The Blade Itself was sold at auction and published to wide critical acclaim, allowing him to work full-time as a writer.
Marcus was the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he was routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. He lives in ...
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