Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday Mystery Backlist - THE BLADE ITSELF

O.k., so for the first Monday Mystery Backlist title of the year, I've chosen Marcus Sakey's first thriller, THE BLADE ITSELF. I have to admit that with Gregg Hurwitz, Marcus is my favorite thriller writer to recommend because as many times as I've recommended him, everyone has come back raving about his books. And I'm not just talking about people who love crime fiction to begin with! The sceptics love Marcus' work, too. The Chicago Tribune even called him "The new reigning prince of crime fiction." He's one of the writers pulling people into the genre these days, so it's fitting to start 2010 off with the book that ignited his reign.

Danny Carter started life out on the wrong side of the law. A heist gone bad, ironically, gives Danny a chance to turn over a new leaf. However, it's at the expense of his partner Evan and when Evan is finished "doing time" for that heist, he expects payback from model citizen, Danny. Suddenly, everything Danny's worked to achieve is threatened, and Danny has to decide how far he can go to protect it all.

THE BLADE ITSELF was published by St. Martin's Minotaur as a hardcover (ISBN: 978-0-312-36031-3) in January of 2007. A mass market paperback version (ISBN: 978-0-312-37104-3) was published in November of 2007. An audio book version is also available from BBC Audiobooks America (ISBN: 978-0-792-74720-8) and is read by Grover Gardner.

And in a final note for THE BLADE ITSELF, it has been optioned for the big screen with a tentative release date of 2010, produced by Ben Affleck and starring Chris Pine. So read it now before the movie hits the theaters!


le0pard13 January 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

I'm definitely going to check out that audiobook, Jen. Thanks for this.

Joanna January 5, 2010 at 1:53 AM  

Glad to hear a new name in crime fiction. I often get stuck reading every single book by an author I like (series books in order, then stand-alones), so it's nice to add an author to my list!

SuziQoregon January 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Ooh - cool on the movie option. The Hubster is reading this now. He's liking it just as much as I did.

Christine February 14, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

This was a can't-put-it-down, can-we-turn-the-Super-Bowl-down kind of book! ;-) I was just cringing and wanting to yell, "Don't do it!" at Danny. (Kind of like when JLB's Dave Robicheaux was falling off the wagon.) Wow, can't wait to read his others! Can't thank you enough for introducing me to Marcus, Jen!

le0pard13 February 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

This was a can't-put-it-down, can-we-turn-the-Super-Bowl-down kind of book!

Whoa... that's one serious recommendation. I'm going to have to move this one up in the TMR pile. Thanks, Christine.

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