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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Sakey Narrator: Joyce Bean, Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781423366928
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A family, and the security to enjoy it: That’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams. Then one night everything changes. Offered a chance at a future they’d almost lost hope in, they seize it. One simple choice. A fairy-tale ending.

But Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap. Their decision puts them square in the path of some ruthless men. Men who have been double-crossed. Men who won’t stop until they get revenge.

No matter where they find it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Good People is gleefully dread-filled, mercilessly tense, and moves with the speed of something fired from a sawed-off. Based on his first three novels, one can’t help but feel Marcus Sakey is exactly the electric jolt American crime fiction needs.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and The Given Day

  • “Dark, disturbing, and timely…Marcus Sakey is a prodigious talent.”

    Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know

  • “Crime drama for the twenty-first century.”

    NPR

  • “Sakey creates a moral dilemma fit for an advanced ethics class…I felt the protagonists’ pain to the point of flinching.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Sakey sees Chicago as a constant source of sin and temptation…[Good People] is a classic bind.”

    New York Times

  • “Masterful. Each of Sakey’s novels has topped the previous. Good People follows that stellar pattern.”

    Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “A stylish young writer…Good People is a well-structured, tightly written yarn peopled with believable, well-drawn characters.”

    Associated Press

  • “One of the hottest young crime writers in the country.”

    Oregonian

  • “The new master of the dark, hard-boiled crime thriller.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Sakey may have trouble equaling this stellar performance.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is neither a simple nor a stereotypical thriller. The action is frenetic, the suspense high, and the results shocking.”

    Library Journal

  • “Chilling…Masterful in showing how the daily drip, drip of dreams deferred can lead people into peril.”

    Booklist

  • “High-intensity, high-stakes…Packed with action, suspense, and clever adversaries on both sides of the law.”

    BookPage

  • “Sakey is a writer’s writer. Not only is the book polished to a razor-edge it’s also filled with flashes of insight that jar you. One of the most cunningly conceived and executed suspense novels I’ve ever read.”

    Ed Gorman, award-winning author

  • “A killer of a book. If you could read it with one eye closed, you’d feel safer—edge of the reader’s seat stuff, and yet a wondrous streak of compassion tears your heart out. This is the novel that truly launches Sakey into the majors. Magnificent.”

    Ken Bruen, Edgar-nominated author of Priest

  • Good People scared the crap out of me.”

    Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar-nominated author of I Shall Not Want

  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller
  • Selected for the August 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/7/2014

    " Outstanding; Couple start off a chain of events with them at the center when their tenant dies and they find a horde of cash - and decide to keep it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 2/6/2014

    " Not great, not terrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 2/4/2014

    " Despite a good attempt, the main characters didn't seem real and it was all resolved way too neatly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " Well written and fast paced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2014

    " I used to read mysteries like crazy - but seldom do now. Picked this up since Sakey is part of the well-regarded group of Chicago mystery writers, The Organization. Nice back drop of Chicago, w/out getting too heavy handed w/ it. And built nicely to a fever pitch as the book moved along. But old plot - innocents thrown to the wolves, in above their heads. And the bad guys would have killed them about 6 times over rather than keep letting them live. Blame me to some extent - I guess I am just not that into reading mysteries any longer. Oh, and these yuppies would *never* drive a Pontiac! I'll go back to my Hammett, McCoy and Cain now.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/18/2014

    " Mystery set in Chicago. Tense, entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yiotula | 1/5/2014

    " This book started off a little violent for my taste but it was really a page turner I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I thought that it had an interesting message too but it was a little predictable. Happiness at what price? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Rausch | 1/2/2014

    " A couple finds $40,000 in a dead tenant's apartment and decides to keep it, but then struggle with morality and the criminals out to retreive it. Very similar to A Simple Plan, well-paced, and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/31/2013

    " One of those books that makes you think "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis Phrasany | 11/30/2013

    " Not a bad book. Got cliched during the middle but the ending is excellent. I can sense the writer maturing as the book progresses. I will continue to read more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Czerwinski | 10/31/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's short and suspenseful. Toby McGuire has bought the rights to make it into a movie. I plan to read more of Marcus Sakey's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 10/7/2013

    " Great page turner - really creepy story of how wrong things can go when you make just one bad decision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Cannon | 5/9/2013

    " A Simple Plan is one of my favorite books of all time and this is along the same lines. Oh boy! Let's keep a huge amount of found cash we have stumbled upon. What could possibly go wrong??? Extremely suspenseful book with a lot going on from all angles..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 3/25/2013

    " The book was ok got intresting toward the end. but not a book i would read again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Ostrom | 2/6/2013

    " Check back later for a review. Good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/11/2012

    " Enjoyable fast read, but some fundamental problems, mainly with unsympathetic main characters, but a great writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 10/26/2012

    " First book was much better. This one felt like he was just going through the numbers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 10/19/2012

    " A smart, literary mystery with an ethical dilemma at its core. Reminded me of No Country for Old Men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 6/21/2012

    " This is a good Chicago thriller. I would really give it 3 1/2 stars. The greed theme bugged me a little bit, and I was a little angry at the end of the book. The very end though brought me right back to enjoying this book. I can see why Marcus Sakey's books are going to become movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/14/2012

    " The local color is spot-on (I particularly love the shout-out to "Grad Student Discos for Dollars") and the pacing is fast, but I never warmed to the "good people" as much as is needed to make the story enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/19/2011

    " Sakey knows how to write. Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Duncan | 10/6/2011

    " I've just discovered Marcus Sakey. What took me so long! He writes just the sort of books that I love, with well-developed characters, a strong plot line, and excellent pacing. After reading GOOD PEOPLE and THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYSE, I can't wait to hit the library and find another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis | 3/21/2011

    " Not a bad book. Got cliched during the middle but the ending is excellent. I can sense the writer maturing as the book progresses. I will continue to read more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/11/2010

    " One of those books that makes you think "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 5/30/2010

    " This is a good Chicago thriller. I would really give it 3 1/2 stars. The greed theme bugged me a little bit, and I was a little angry at the end of the book. The very end though brought me right back to enjoying this book. I can see why Marcus Sakey's books are going to become movies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 5/14/2010

    " Despite a good attempt, the main characters didn't seem real and it was all resolved way too neatly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renie | 3/31/2010

    " Highly suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse! Sakey presents great language, authentic dialog, and nail-biting suspense. Two thumbs up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/18/2009

    " A Simple Plan is one of my favorite books of all time and this is along the same lines. Oh boy! Let's keep a huge amount of found cash we have stumbled upon. What could possibly go wrong??? Extremely suspenseful book with a lot going on from all angles..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/5/2009

    " Outstanding; Couple start off a chain of events with them at the center when their tenant dies and they find a horde of cash - and decide to keep it
    "

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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 Narrators

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.