Book Review: The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey

Okay, so I finished Marcus Sakey's The Blade Itself in two sittings. You know what that means: read that shit peeps! Why so much love? Besides the fact that it's a kick ass suspense thriller, Sakey makes a great case for prison reform. If there's anyone out there who thinks America's prisons serve a purpose other than to escalate violent crime, please pick up a book. This system's been broken forever. There's no rehab going on in there, don't kid yourself.

Case in point, Danny and his partner, Evan, are small time thieves, until Evan takes things too far one night during a pawnshop heist. Things get bloody and Danny, who's the brains of the duo, takes off into the night. Evan is sent up to Statesville prison, where he learns to deal out violence to survive. After 7 years, he's ready for a big score and to teach Danny a lesson for running out.

I don't like to give anything away, you guys know that. But don't think for a second that you know where this one's going, you don't. Sakey's got a real knack for plotting, Lehane style. This Blade is as sharp as a razor. Read it.

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