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Library Journal
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South Chicago natives Danny Carter and Evan McGann were young partners in crime until one fateful robbery-gone-bad sent Evan to prison for seven years. Danny walked away, managing to convince himself that his criminal days were over; he's now working in construction management and is in a long-term relationship. What he failed to reckon with was Evan, newly released from prison, who understands all too clearly that partners in crime don't break up. Attempting to outwit Evan without succumbing to his past life, Danny devises a scheme wherein the two of them will kidnap Danny's boss' son, hold him for ransom, and make a bundle, at which point they will "be even." Does this make sense? Of course not, but what a thrilling ride debut author Sakey has concocted. Sakey's insights into Danny's struggles to maintain a decent, honest life truly make the story stand out. This book may remind readers of George Pelecanos's Drama City and certainly will appeal to Dennis Lehane fans as well. Recommended for all popular crime fiction collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 9/1/06.] Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Danny Carter went legit when a job went bad, but his former partner returns and puts his new life on the line. A debut author touted as reminiscent of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben. Sakey lives in Chicago. Author tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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Sakey's brilliant debut, a crime novel set in Chicago, is a must read. From the thrilling opening, a horribly botched pawnshop robbery by childhood friends Evan and Danny, to the riveting ending, the tension ratchets up to almost unbearable levels. After the robbery, Evan serves prison time while Danny turns over a new leaf and eventually earns a responsible management job in a construction company. Seven years later, Evan is out and comes looking for Danny for payback. Using their past ties as leverage, Evan tries to drag Danny back into their partnership. Sakey convincingly portrays the bonds forged in adolescence and the gulf wrought by prison for one and hard work for the other. In a battle of wits and wills, the stakes escalate as Danny fights to preserve his new life and the ruthless Evan counters every attempt Danny makes to break free. The collateral damage is high in a page-turner that has already received plaudits from Lee Child, George Pelecanos and T. Jefferson Parker. Author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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After a job goes horribly wrong--a shop owner is shot--small-time burglar Danny Carter leaves the crime business behind for good. He is now a well-paid, respected construction manager in Chicago with a great girlfriend and a comfortable life. Then his former partner in crime, Evan McGann, is released from prison with plans to resume their alliance. Danny isn't interested, but Evan threatens to expose Danny's past, including his presence when the shop owner was shot; worse, he accosts Danny's girlfriend, Karen. Trapped, Danny agrees to Evan's plan: kidnap the son of Danny's boss. Danny hopes that he will be able to keep anyone from getting hurt, but it quickly becomes apparent that Evan can't be controlled. Fast pacing, full-bodied if flawed characters, effective use of the Chicago landscape, surprising plot twists, and some thought-provoking musings on the changing nature of longtime friendships give this debut caper novel both substance and suspense. Sakey is a writer to watch. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2006 Booklist