Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is Marcus Sakey reading?

The latest contributor to Writers Read: Marcus Sakey, author of The Blade Itself and, new in bookstores today, At the City's Edge.

One book mentioned in Sakey's entry:
The last book I read that really blew my hair back was probably Michael Cunningham's Flesh and Blood . Graceful, subtle, and astonishingly empathetic. I think Cunningham is one of the finest novelists working today. Better still, while all of his books are excellent -- and some are staggering -- I think his masterpiece is yet to come. [read on]
Sakey's first novel, The Blade Itself, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR, chosen a New York Times Editor's Pick and one of Esquire Magazine's "Top 5 Reads of 2007," and made January Magazine's "Best of 2007" list. Rachael Ray loved it, too.

David Morrell said At the City's Edge "Goes from zero to sixty in a blazing rush. Sakey knows how to thrill a reader. And the Kirkus reviewer wrote that it is "Intricate ... relentless ... Sakey's gritty Chicago is wonderfully evoked. [A] brutally effective action-heavy thriller, ready-made for film."

The Page 69 Test: The Blade Itself.

The Page 69 Test: At the City's Edge.

Writers Read: Marcus Sakey.

--Marshal Zeringue