Marcus Sakey on Rude Beginnings and Mad Game

Marcus SakeyReviewing his debut, The Knife Itself (2007), Booklist called Marcus Sakey “a writer to watch.” Watchers—and readers—have been rewarded with a string of intelligent and compulsively readable thrillers that seem to be getting better and better: next month’s Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes earned Sakey his first Booklist star. (Thomas Gaughan calls it “an insightful, emotion-packed, suspenseful, and genuinely riveting thriller.”) When we asked Sakey to share his favorite read of the past year, his answer showed us that he has something in common with Gregg Hurwitz: admiration for Don Winslow. Read on.

 Savages, by Don WinslowWhen you begin a book this way:


Fuck you.”

you’d better be bringing mad game. Luckily, Don Winslow has more energy in his sleep than the rest of us after eyeball-rattling amounts of caffeine. Savages is rude, loud, profane, shocking, hypnotic, sexy, intense, profound, hilarious, savvy, and an all-out-blast to read. The plot is tight and the story riveting, but it’s really Winslow’s voice that takes center stage, and a two-page political rant will have you as deeply hooked as the bloody finale. You know those books that as soon as you finish, you start thinking of which friends are getting a copy for their birthday? This is one.

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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