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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 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 2007 ISBN:
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On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend, Evan, earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, and never thinking about tomorrow.

Then a job went desperately wrong, and in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.

Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past. He's built a new world for himself: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy....

Until he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror. The prison-hardened Evan is barely recognizable. Having served his time without dropping Danny's name, his old friend believes he's owed major payback - and he's willing to do anything to get it. With all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible decision: how far to go to protect his future from his past.

A debut novel that's drawn comparisons to Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man held hostage by circumstance. This is a riveting exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us, in which every effort to do the right thing leads to terrifying consequences and one inevitable conclusion: the more you have, the more you have to lose.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perry | 11/28/2010

    " Saw this book on Sunday Morning a few years ago and got it for Christmas. A decent thriller, nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 8/18/2010

    " Great epigraph from Homer: "The blade itself incites to violence." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 7/11/2010

    " I loved this dark book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/29/2010

    " Solid hard-boiled crime novel set in Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/6/2010

    " Excellent debut novel, set in Chicago, tells the tale of a man with a past, trying to do right. Impressive first novel and very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 12/31/2009

    " Danny was ready to start over after a failed robbery, but an old "friend" gets out looking for revenge. A good first thriller from Sakey. "

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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.