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Hard-nosed Iraq War veteran Jason Palmer finds his own personal Baghdad when he
returns home to Chicago. Whatever peace he hoped for as a civilian is
shattered the moment his brother Michael's south-side tavern is burned down
and his brother's corpse is found in the ashes. Jason snaps back
into the only role he knows - being a soldier - when it becomes clear that
whoever murdered his brother wants to kill the only witness: Michael's
nine-year-old son, Billy.
Michael had been an anti-gang community
activist, but Jason can sense this killing goes beyond ordinary
retaliation. Struggling but forging ahead, he assembles a squadron of
people he can trust-Elena, gang intelligence officer for the police;
Washington, dedicated former gangbanger who runs a halfway house; and
Ronald, who understands Jason's fury.
Sakey's conspiracy and corruption
scenarios twist together in startling ways in this ambitious thriller.
It's fast paced from the get-go and just as good as Sakey's stellar
debut, The Blade Itself
“MARCUS SAKEY IS EXACTLY THE ELECTRIC JOLT CRIME FICTION NEEDS.”—DENNIS LEHANE
Palmer loved being a soldier. But after returning from Iraq with an
“other than honorable” discharge, he’s finding that rebuilding his life
is his toughest battle yet.
“FAST AND FURIOUS.”—CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Cruz is the first woman to make Chicago’s prestigious Gang Intelligence
Unit. A fearless cop, she’s ready for any challenge…until Jason
Palmer’s brother, a prominent community activist on the South Side, is
murdered—in front of his son.
“SAKEY IS A PRODIGIOUS TALENT.”—LAURA LIPPMAN
Jason and Elena are caught in a conspiracy stretching from the darkest
alleys of the ghetto to the manicured lawns of the city’s power
brokers. In a world where corruption and violence are simply the cost
of doing business, the two of them are all that stand between an
innocent child—and the killers that hunt him.
“NOTHING SHORT OF BRILLIANT…AS MUCH A WORK OF LITERARY FICTION AS CRIME FICTION.” — CHICAGO TRIBUNE