I've been slack on keeping up with this section of late. Most of my announcements go to Facebook and Twitter these days, so if you want to be up to the minute, follow me there.

However, I'm delighted to say that my most recent novel, THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES, has recieved a ton of love in the last months. It's been selected as one of the best books of the year by BookPage and Book List both, and sold in numerous foreign countries. The reviews have been very favorable; the Chicago Tribune called me a "modern master of suspense," a title I spent a week attempting to get my wife to use, with very little success.

But the latest bits of good news have me floored: The book has been nominated for Best Novel by both the International Thriller Writers and the Macavity Awards.

It's always a thrill to be nominated, but I'm especially moved to be in this company: also nominated are Joseph Finder, Jonathan Hayes, Michael Koryta, Sara Gran, Anne Holt, Anthony Horowitz, Louise Penny, Duane Swieczynski, and, oh yeah, some guy named Stephen King.

If you're a fan of fiction, hell, pretty much if you have a pulse and functional eyes, you'll know those names. They're some of the best writers working today, and it's a tremendous honor to see my name beside theirs.

In other news, I've finished my new novel and am elbow-deep in edits on it. The book is slightly different for me, a novel about an alternate present. I have to admit that I'm heels over head about it; I don't think I've been as pleased with a book as I am with this one. More details, including title and release date, in the weeks and months to come.

Cheers and happy voyages!

So remember my last post, when I promised to try to post more? Yeah, sorry about that.

The good news is that the reason I haven't been updating is that I've been busy creating stuff. And tonight you'll get to see what I've been doing, with the premier of HIDDEN CITY on Travel Channel.

Every week I visit a different place and look at the stories that shape it. Along the way I get pepper sprayed, attacked by a dog, train with SWAT, dive for treasure, land a plane, and meet dozens of truly fascinating people. The show runs Tuesday nights at 10 ET / 9 CT.

The pilot episode, airing tonight, explores Chicago. I dig into America's first serial killer, decontruct the 1968 DNC riots, and spin the ballad of John Dillinger. I hope you'll check it out!

Hey folks, sorry to have vanished a bit lately. Between the release of the THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES and working on the TV show, I've been a wee bit swamped.

Things are going well, though. Reviews have been very kind, and the book sold well enough to mandate a second printing within a week. Huge thanks to all of you who bought a copy--I truly appreciate it.

For most of the last month I've been TV Boy. Obviously I'm biased, but there's some pretty amazing stuff thus far. I've gotten to train with a SWAT team, sit down with the cop who caught Son of Sam, drink with a State Trooper turned armored car thief, be filmed by the guy who shot Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, interview DEA agents who have been undercover for nine years, and gotten blasted with pepper spray. Not bad considering we've only shot four episodes. Eight to go in the first season, including episodes in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and the Florida Keys.

Because I'm on the road so much, probably the best way to keep up with me is via Twitter or Facebook; I'll post here when I can, but not as frequently.

Oh, by the way--just one more week left to become a character in my next book. It's easy, check it out.

Meanwhile, I hope you're enjoying all the fruits of summer. Fire up the barbeque and hit the hammock!

I have major news. Like, stop-the-presses kind of news.

For the last two years, I've been working with an acclaimed production company called Crazy Legs to develop a television show. We shot the pilot in March, but we've had to keep quiet about it until things were official. Last week we got happy news.

The show's been greenlit. We're going into production in two weeks.

Tentatively titled Hidden City, the show will air on Travel Channel later this year. In it I visit different places and explore the crimes that helped define them. Basically, my feeling is that if you only see the tourist districts, Seattle is the same as Shanghai. The real stories are in the shadows—and shadowy stories are my business.

It's sort of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations meets Castle. I'm not only writing the episodes, I'm hosting them. And not your typical one-day-on-a-poorly-lit-set kinda hosting—I'm out investigating these stories, meeting the people who made them and undergoing all sorts of adventures, from hanging out with legendary homicide detectives to getting pepper sprayed on camera.

It's going to be a hell of a ride. Hope you'll join me for it!

Meanwhile, my new novel THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES comes out June 9th. Click here to read an excerpt.

So the hour grows nigh; THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES will be released June 9th. We're getting the early reviews now, and thus far they're very kind indeed:
"The tension is nearly constant, and there are more twists than a double helix. Sakey is a master at ratcheting up the suspense. A possible threat to readers’ cardiac health and a likely candidate for Hollywood interest."
—Library Journal (Starred)

"Sakey ups the insightful, emotion-packed, suspenseful, and genuinely riveting thriller."
—Booklist (Starred)

"The suspense starts with the first sentence of the first chapter and it doesn't let up until the last word...amazingly visual it feels like Cameron Hollywood and so rawly emotional it feels like a Morrisette ballad. THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES reaches for the moon and attains true stardom."

"A seriously good thriller...[packed with] edge-of-the-seat, smack-to-the-forehead pleasures of every nasty twist and turn"
I'm really pleased about this book. It was a bear; I had to throw out something like 150 pages, which, let me tell you, does not make for an awesome day. But the results are worth it. It's my most ambitious book, and I think (hope pray) it's a lot of fun, too.

My new book, THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES, comes out June 9th, and to celebrate, I'm giving away an iPod. Winning is easy, and the odds are pretty good — check it out.

Also, I'm honored to announce that my e-book short story collection SCAR TISSUE was just nominated for a Spinetingler Award. If you liked it, bop over here and vote for me.

If you haven't read it but would like to, click here to buy.

Lee Child is not only one of the best in the business, he's a great guy to boot. To wit, check out this email that went out via Publisher's Weekly.

I owe Lee more beer than I am likely to be able to afford or that he should safely consume. So in lieue of alcohol, may I suggest that if you're looking for something to read, try one of his? I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

Lots of good news lately! Most exciting, my fifth novel will be out on June 9th. More information to come, but I am delighted to share this blurb from the legendary Michael Connelly:
"THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES confirms Marcus Sakey's place as one of our best storytellers. This is a tight, intuitive and terrific read!"
I'm also flattered to announce a couple of award nods. THE AMATEURS has been nominated for a Lovey Award, as has my short story "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away," which you can find in my anthology SCAR TISSUE.

Finally, the anthology THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS, to which I contributed an essay on Lee Child's KILLING FLOOR, has been nominated for an Edgar. I'd like to claim it was all my work, but it's a hell of a book put together by some of the best writers working in the genre today, so I guess they deserve some of the credit.

Finally, I'm looking forward to the Love is Murder conference this weekend. If you're attending please say hi — I'd love to meet you.

I've got a fun event coming up — I'm getting together with three bestselling authors at my favorite bar, Sheffield's, for a holiday shopping evening.

Personalized books make great gifts, and shopping, like most things, is made less painful by good beer. Drop by, have a drink, and scratch a couple of names off your shopping list.

I'll be appearing with Laura Caldwell, David Ellis, and Gillian Flynn. Each is a wonderful author, and between the four of us, there's something for every taste. Plus, our bookseller, the Seminary Co-op, is offering:
  • 10% off all purchases
  • 20% off purchase of 4 books or more
  • Buy a book from all four of us, and we'll buy you a beer
Don't live in Chicago, but still want to give signed books? No worries.

Just email Javier at the Seminary Co-op to let him know which books you want and how you want them personalized. We'll sign them that night, and he'll ship them to you in time for the holidays.

Hope to see you for a pint!

I'm excited to say that the film version of GOOD PEOPLE seems to be ripping along. Tobey Maguire will produce and star, and he's going to kill as Tom Reed. The book is being adapted by Kelly Masterson, whose movie Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is a wonderful, heartbreaking modern noir. And now we have a director, Niels Arden Oplev, making his American debut following his masterful work on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Quite honestly, I couldn't imagine a better team.

The film business is notoriously unpredictable, and there's a long way to go on this project. But it sure looks like the board is green.

It's a wonderful time to be alive. Amongst many reasons, you can punch a couple of buttons and have a book beamed to you. Which book to buy, you ask?

Why, funny thing. I'd recommend one of mine.

All of my novels are already available digitally, but I've just released a new e-book. SCAR TISSUE is a collection of seven short stories, including "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away," which was selected as one of the best shorts of 2009 by International Thriller Writers and nominated for a Macavity Award.

SCAR TISSUE is available for all e-reader formats, or as a PDF you can read on-screen or even print out. If you haven't checked out my short stories, this is an easy way to catch up. And at $2.99, it's hard to beat the price.

But wait, there's more! SCAR TISSUE also makes julienne fries! Well, no, it doesn't. But if you don't feel like buying the whole anthology, you can also pick up the individual stories for a buck a pop.

Kindle users, click here.
All other e-readers or a PDF, click here.

The beautiful covers were done by my friend Jeroen ten Berge. Terrific, aren't they?

Hope you enjoy!

I'm thrilled to announce that THE AMATEURS has been nominated for a 2010 Crimespree Award!

Crimespree Magazine is one of the pillars of the crime fiction community community, run by the kindest, most generous folks out there, and I'm truly honored to be recognized by them.

I'm just back from New York, where I attended the ThrillerFest Awards Banquet and spent some time with my publisher. They're very excited about my fifth book, as am I, and it was a lovely trip.

In other news, I'm in the process of translating my short stories to e-books. The first of these is now online. It's my twice-nominated story "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away," and it's available for the minimum amount Amazon will allow, $0.99. Check it out here.

I'll be uploading several more stories in the next week or two, as well as a collection of them all, and will post here as it happens. Hope you enjoy!

Three pieces of great news. First, my story "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away" was nominated for a Macavity Award. Short stories are tough for me, so it's an especially great honor. Thank you to all who voted!

Second, the lovely folks at Newcity have released their annual "Lit 50" issue, highlighting authors working in Chicago today. I'm deeply flattered to come in at #16.

Third, about two weeks ago I sent in the revisions to my fifth novel; spoke to my editor today, and he's delighted with the changes I made. Which means that Book the Fifth (the title is still up in the air) is officially accepted. Join me in a rousing Boo-ya!

Now to start thinking about Book the Sixth...

I'm delighted that my story "The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away" was chosen one of the five best stories of 2009 by the International Thriller Writers organization. ITW is composed of some of the most talented writers in the business, so it's a real honor. I'm deeply flattered.

The winner will be announced in July. The other nominees are tremendous writers all--Twist Phelan, F. Paul Wilson, Harry Hunsicker, and Ridley Pearson--and it's a distinct pleasure to have my name mentioned in the same breath as theirs.

For anyone interested, the story can be found in the anthology THRILLER 2, which also includes stories by Jeff Deaver, Tim Maleeny, Ridley Pearson, Blake Crouch, Harry Hunsicker, R.L. Stine, Sean Chercover, and Robert Ferrigno, just to name a few. If you like short stories, I highly recommend the anthology.

This is just one reason the Internet is cool.

Like a lot of people, I have a Google Alert set for my name. It's an easy way to keep up with reviews and the like. But the other day it came up with a link to someone's blog, an illustration student in the U.K. named Benedict Mayer. When I clicked through, I was flattered to see that he had created a sample cover image for a short story of mine called "Gravity and Need," which appears in KILLER YEAR. Check it out:

I love the design — it's sharp and ominous, and the use of the wedding ring as stigmata is wonderful. Besides being eye-catching, it's perfectly suited to the tone of the story.

I've never met the dude, but he liked my work, and did something with it that I liked, and thanks to the fact that we're living in the future, we could connect over it. How cool is that?

Oh, yeah, and I finished the first draft of my new book. It's just the draft; more to come as I have it.

I'm delighted to announce that THE AMATEURS was just nominated as the Best Thriller of 2009 by Romantic Times Magazine!

This was a surprise and a thrill — RT sets the standard for that genre, and I'm honored to have my book selected as one of their faves. Congrats also to Jan Burke, Jeffrey Deaver, Jon Land, and Erica Spindler, my co-nominees, and of course a huge thanks to Romantic Times.

Some lovely news of late. First, Chicago Public Radio put THE AMATEURS in their "Holiday Gift Bag", one of ten novels recommended as gifts. Thanks so much to all my friends there! I'm a big NPR geek, so it's always a huge thrill to hear my stuff announced there--especially when I didn't know it was coming.

Second, Mike Ripley of Shots eZine named AT THE CITY"S EDGE his Crime Shot of the Year (Shots is UK-based, and the novel came out there this year rather than last.) Shots, and Mike's column Getting Away With Murder, are two of the best crime resources out there, run by people who really love the genre, so it means a great deal to me. Thanks guys!

Happy holidays, all!

I've had a busy month, with a couple of festivals and signings, plus a research trip to Los Angeles, and of course the holiday this week. It's been a blast, but I'm looking forward to a week from today, the first Monday after Thanksgiving, because it's back to the butt-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard phase of writing.

That said, I had a great time in Los Angeles. Not least because a cop buddy of mine got me into the police training facility. I spent the whole day answering "Yes!" to questions:
"Would you like to fire a gas-operated Benelli Tactical Automatic Shotgun?"

"Would you like to jump on the slick track and try to recover from a full-drift spin?"

"Would you like to learn how to hit a car to spin them out in a high-speed pursuit?"
"Oh, hell, yes!"
That last was especially fun. We ran it a dozen times, and by the end, I was pretty comfortable sending the car I was pursuing into a controlled spin without leaving a mark on either of us. Plus, it gives me great fantasy material the next time someone cuts me off on the highway.

God I love my job.

I mentioned some time ago that there was a star attached to the film version of THE BLADE ITSELF, but that the production company had asked me not to discuss it. Since I read it online today, I guess there's no point keeping quiet any longer. The man in question is Chris Pine, who recently killed as Captain Kirk.

I thought Star Trek was terrific, a well-handled relaunch of a series that, while beloved, was showing its age like an octagenarian at a nude beach. And Pine was a big part of the reason why--he brought both swagger and range to the role, and he's got screen charisma that's hard to beat. I'm obviously quite pleased he's attached.

As far as directors, shooting schedules, release dates and the like, I'm afraid I can't tell you anything. Not because I don't know them. Just because I like the sense of power I gain from withholding information.

I'm kidding, of course. Truth is, that stuff isn't up to me. Fingers crossed!

Some fun things to report on the appearance front. I'll be taking part in Columbia College's Story Week program again this year, and this one is especially close to my heart. Besides a featured reading at Metro—one of my favorite venues to catch a band—I'm thrilled to be hosting an hour-long conversation with author David Morrell, the creator of Rambo, one of the godfathers of the thriller, and a guy who has forgotten more about writing and publishing than I will ever know.

In addition, I'll be taking part in some excellent festivals, including the Midwest Writer's Workshop, where I will be teaching a couple of classes. I'm more than happy to share the tricks I've learned, so if you're an aspiring writer, register now.

Finally, one of the coolest, most fun, biggest bang-for-your-buck conferences is right around the corner: Murder & Mayhem in Muskego. It's an unbelievable value, and a chance to meet some amazing authors. More than that, it's a really good time. I can't wait.

My interview with the television show Cult-Pop is now online; you can check it out here. This was the fourth time I've done the show, and as usual, it was great fun. Thanks to Jim and Jerry for having me again!

In other news, I also broke Page 200 of my new novel yesterday. That's always a happy day; that's about half the finished length, although this current book may run a little bit longer. I don't want to get into it too much yet, but I will say that I'm doing some different things, and that I'm having a blast with it.

On a completely unrelated note, is it just me, or do we not really need a movie version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE?

I'm thrilled to announce that THE AMATEURS is a bestseller, #5 in Chicagoland. Thanks, folks!

I was privileged to be on Chicago Public Radio's show Eight Forty-Eight this morning; the interview is here.

A huge thank you to New City Magazine, which put me on the cover of this week's issue. I really enjoyed the interview with editor Tom Lynch — we got the chance to dig in more than usual.

Jeff Johnson of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a wonderful review of THE AMATEURS. You can read it here. Thanks, Jeff!

Tonight at 7:00, the brilliant Laura Caldwell and I will be appearing at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Rather than a formal signing, it will be a chill, Friday-night mingle. It's a great store, and should be a lot of fun, so come out and have a drink with us before your evening starts!

Finally, while I can't get into specifics, I'm happy to say that things are moving really well for the film versions of my novels. I'll announce more as soon as I can.

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