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Download At the City's Edge Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Sakey Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Just back from the war in Iraq with problems of his own, Jason Palmer didn't recognize the gangbanger who jumped him, and after escaping, he was willing to live and let live - until his older brother was murdered. Amidst the charred ruins of his brother's bar, fire investigators find darker spots. Spots mean accelerant, and accelerant means arson. Yet the police seem willing to chalk it up as just another burned-out dive on another South Side street.

Haunted, still reeling from his discharge from the Army, all Jason wanted was to spend the summer drinking too much and chasing girls. Instead, he is drawn into a fight he never imagined. Someone is hunting his eight-year-old nephew. Gangs are running rampant, and the neighborhood is under siege. What begins as a simple quest for justice soon spirals out of control as the war raging here starts to seem like the one Jason just left - because this isn't the work of an ordinary street gang. And the forces behind it will stop at nothing to maintain their secrecy.

After all, this is Chicago, where corruption is the cost of doing business; where issues of race and class smolder just beneath the surface. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/1/2014

    " Powerful characters. Action! Vet's loyalty to family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 12/23/2013

    " Not as good as Sakey's debut novel. The Army subplot was way overdone, and the plot was the really overconvoluted mess that is really predictable grist used by Hollywood all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felix | 12/9/2013

    " Marcus Sakey has fast become one of my favorite reads. This book is quick moving entertainment with vivid characters. I love the plot and is a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/3/2013

    " This one wasn't nearly as interesting as Sakey's other books. It seemed to repeat itself over and over and seemed to be trying to convey a message more than tell a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith Dillon | 11/18/2013

    " Marcus Sakey's second novel is awesome. Great triller with a lot of twists and turns. Chicago setting makes is more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 3/17/2013

    " An excellent sophomore novel to follow Sakey's excellent Chicago tale "The Blade Itself." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B | 12/9/2012

    " Not bad, but not nearly as compelling as Blade Itself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 10/14/2012

    " I enjoyed this one immensely. A fluid, balanced thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 7/24/2012

    " Sakey is a bona fide novelist!! A great crime drama that keeps you wanting more. A hunky soldier boy lead, his strong female interest, a sweet 8 year old boy...what's not to love? Family tragedy born from the hard streets of south side Chicago, this page turner will keep you guessing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/23/2011

    " While I continue to enjoy Sakey's writing style, the plot line for this was fairly predictable and I don't even read a lot of thriller/crime novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 7/12/2011

    " Crime novels are not my usual thing at all, but I'd encountered the author as the writer and host for Hidden City on History Channel so I thought I'd give it a try. I love his prose--very punchy, colorful, great impact, good action. A very enjoyable read, and placed in familiar Chicago settings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/23/2011

    " not much to say about this one. people have RAVED about it; i thought it was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 11/16/2010

    " A great fast paced novel focusing on African American gangs and political corruption. Read more like a thriller than traditional crime. As mainstream as it gets without loosing the grime of inner suburbia warfare. 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 10/14/2010

    " The rich white guy did it. Shocking isn't it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 9/20/2010

    " A great fast paced novel focusing on African American gangs and political corruption. Read more like a thriller than traditional crime. As mainstream as it gets without loosing the grime of inner suburbia warfare. 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 8/9/2010

    " Not as good as Sakey's debut novel. The Army subplot was way overdone, and the plot was the really overconvoluted mess that is really predictable grist used by Hollywood all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/4/2010

    " An excellent sophomore novel to follow Sakey's excellent Chicago tale "The Blade Itself." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 10/30/2009

    " Not bad, but not nearly as compelling as Blade Itself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 9/14/2009

    " I enjoyed this one immensely. A fluid, balanced thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/17/2009

    " This one wasn't nearly as interesting as Sakey's other books. It seemed to repeat itself over and over and seemed to be trying to convey a message more than tell a story. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey’s thrillers have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, named New York Times’ Editor’s Picks, and selected among Esquire’s Top Five Books of the Year. Marcus was also the host of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on the Travel Channel, for which he was routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. Prior to writing, he worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3-D animator, a woefully unprepared movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn’t draw. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.