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 Chicago with his wife and daughter.
This biography was last updated on 04/04/2016.
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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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