The spectacular Dutton debut of a thriller writer whose ecstatically acclaimed work draws comparisons to luminaries such as Elmore Leonard, George Pelecanos, and Dennis Lehane
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. So when their downstairs tenant--a recluse whose promptly delivered cashier's checks were barely keeping them afloat--dies in his sleep, the $400,000 they find stashed in his kitchen seems like fate. More than fate: a chance for everything they've dreamed of for so long. A fairy-tale ending.
But Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap. Because their tenant wasn't a hermit who squirreled away his pennies. He was a criminal who double-crossed some of the most dangerous men in Chicago. Men who won't stop until they get revenge, no matter where they find it.
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1 . Easily the best crime fiction this year.
Posted December 16, 2008 by Pack Daddy , Portland, OregonEarlier this year I read both of Marcus Sakey's other books - "The Blade Itself" and "At the City's Edge" and loved them. Both books showed a huge amount of promise and I expected to wait another year before reading another Sakey novel. Surprisingly, Mr. Sakey's third book came out this year as well and "Good People" is hands down my favorite book of the year.
I won't talk too much about this one except to say that I was glued to it from beginning to end. It's one of those books you'll make time to read rather than plod through. Hollywood should be beating a path to Marcus Sakey's door for an opportunity to make terrible movies out of his extraordinary books. He isn't reinventing the wheel, he's just making the wheel a really, really fun ride.
My hat's off to him, he is without a doubt my favorite author and this is his best book so far.
August 13, 2008
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