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Old 11-02-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Sakey's second crime novel doesn't quite measure up to his impressive debut, The Blade Itself (2007), but it exhibits many of the same strengths: high-tension action, intricate plotting and a Chicago setting that thrums and pulses with the feel of the city. Jason Palmer, a veteran of the current Iraq war haunted by his experiences, has yet to settle down, unlike his older brother, Michael, who runs a bar in their old South Side Chicago neighborhood and is raising an eight-year-old son, Billy. But when Michael is murdered and Billy threatened, Jason finds himself reacting in the only way he knows—as a soldier. Soldiering, however, is only part of the answer, and Jason has to come to terms with his past, weigh new responsibilities and counter the carnage that gang warfare, political corruption and corporate greed are wreaking on the neighborhood. Sakey, who draws disturbing and thought-provoking parallels between Baghdad and Chicago, provides enough narrow escapes, traps and obstacles to satisfy a Die Hard fan, but enough meat to please readers who demand more than pyrotechnics. Author tour. (Jan.)
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Sakey's second Chicago thriller (The Blade Itself, 2007) features a hard-nosed Iraq vet who's limped home to lick his wounds after a less-than-honorable discharge. But when his straight-arrow brother is murdered, he gets caught in the crossfire of what looks like a full-scale street war.With his brother dead, Jason Palmer finds himself sucked back into the life he thought he left behind in Iraq. In a way it feels good to resume soldiering - relying on instinct, setting aside contemplation in favor of action. The only problem: Jason's brother has left behind a terrified eight-year-old who has no one left but his uncle. Sakey effectively shows Jason's battle not to yield to the attractive purity of vengeance. The intricate plot has to do with a bombed-out (imaginary) neighborhood, Crenwood, that's ravaged by gang warfare. Jason and semi-disgraced policewoman Elena Cruz soon stumble into a plot to arm rival gangs with heavy weaponry and bring about mutually assured destruction. The villains are impossibly villainous, the heroes pure, the inevitable romance between Jason and Elena strictly pro forma. The relentless pace can make the prose seem hasty. But thanks to nimble plotting, pungent atmosphere (Sakey's gritty Chicago is wonderfully evoked) and the nicely handled analogy between combat in Iraq and the gangbangers' vicious codes, the book works anyway.A familiar but brutally effective action-heavy thriller, ready-made for film. (Kirkus Reviews)

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