Killer Year–The Class of 2007

Funny Moments
March 12, 2007, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Marcus Sakey

Life is filled with ’em. The out-of-the-blue phone call from a friend you’d been thinking of but hadn’t spoken to in years. Returning to a well-remembered bar to find that it hasn’t changed a bit. Or, as is the case for me today, a moment of generosity from a hero.

As some of you know, Killer Year recently sold an anthology of short stories to St. Martin’s Press. I’ve read a couple of the selections, and it’s going to be dynamite. But on a personal level, what’s even cooler is that each story will be introduced by the author’s mentor from International Thriller Writers. Thus, Gayle Lynds is introducing Robert Gregory Browne, and Lee Child is introducing J.T. Ellison.

My own story is intro’ed by David Freakin’ Morrell.

This is a big deal to me. I devoured FIRST BLOOD in three tense-knuckle, full-bladder hours. When I was twelve, my family sat in the car in the garage for half an hour to hear the end of THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE audiobook (I can only hope the car wasn’t running). Morrell is a master, and a survivor, a man who has ridden the twists and shifts of the business for more than thirty years, producing a string of bestsellers and inspiring a generation of writers.

Including me.

In the past years, David has become a friend, always willing to have a beer and share his knowledge. But still, it was with some trepidation that I sent my short story off for his review.

This what he sent back:

“Debut novelists sometimes have trouble getting noticed. But not Marcus Sakey. His first novel, THE BLADE ITSELF, seemed to get noticed everywhere and in wonderful places (CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times Book Review, Entertainment Weekly, on and on). I’ve seldom seen so many uniformly enthusiastic reviews. He has been compared to Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Laura Lippman, and Quentin Tarantino while fellow authors Lee Child, T. Jefferson Parker, and George Pelecanos praise his talents. And they aren’t exaggerating. Sakey’s work has a fascinating “you are there” quality that explores gripping character dilemmas and intense moral issues. In THE BLADE ITSELF, the main character becomes trapped by the demons of his past and discovers that the more he has, the more he has to lose. Now, in his new wonderful short story, “Gravity and Need,” Sakey explores a similar compelling theme, the difference between what a person wants and what that person needs, with an emphasis on “want” and the extent to which a person will go to achieve that goal. It’s a beautiful, haunting tale with a hypnotic first sentence that made me lean forward, confident that I was in the hands of a terrific writer at the start of what will be a spectacular career.

–David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of FIRST BLOOD, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, and CREEPERS.

I’m left with only two words.

Thank you.

David’s new book hits bookstores today. That’s right — today. The week before his novel came out, in the midst of promotional frenzy, days before starting a national tour, a legend in the business took the time to read and comment on the work of a raw beginner. That, ladies and gentlemen, is class.

The new book is called SCAVENGER, and it’s a scorcher. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Hell, pick up two.

I certainly will.


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I’ve read Marcus’s anthology story, and I have to agree with David. It’s freakin’ brilliant, twisted and full of unexpected turns. If you keep up the writing at this level, Marcus, just think — one day, a Killer Year Class of 2020 author might write a nice tribute to you when your latest masterpiece hits the stands…

And if the esteemed Mr. Morrell, class act extraordinaire, is reading this — good luck on the new book, man!

Comment by JT Ellison

So I gotta know — what’s the first line?

Comment by Jill

Oh, sorry, should’ve thought of that. The first line is:

Here’s how Pamela introduced herself to me: “Candle wax washes out of sheets. Did you know that?”

And JT, you’re doing my press from now on. 😉

Comment by Marcus Sakey

Marcus, you may not be able to afford me…

Comment by JT Ellison

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