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Jason Palmer loved being a soldier. But returned from Iraq with an "other than honorable" discharge, he's finding rebuilding his life the toughest battle yet.

Elena Cruz is a talented cop, the first woman to make Chicago's prestigious Gang Intelligence Unit. She's ready for anything the job can throw at her.

Until Jason's brother, a prominent community activist, is murdered in front of his own son.

Now, stalked by brutal men with a shadowy agenda, Jason and Elena must unravel a conspiracy stretching from the darkest alleys of the ghetto to the manicured lawns of the city's powerbrokers. In a world where corruption and violence are simply the cost of doing business, two damaged people are all that stand between an innocent child—and the killers who will stop at nothing to find him.


"Nothing short of brilliant...as much a work of literary fiction as crime fiction...Sakey's latest solidifies his position as the new reigning prince of crime fiction."
The Chicago Tribune

"Gritty and compelling, packed with action, At the City's Edge crackles and sears like a rip-roaring fire."
Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of THE BONE GARDEN

"[Sakey] proves just as shrewd an observer of cultural politics...The action is fast and furious...A hyperrealistic look at our most downtrodden communities."
Chicago Sun-Times

"A stunning but thoughtful mystery as hard as the streets of its Chicago setting."
Shots Magazine

"He needn't worry about a sophomore slump."
Toledo Blade

"Tension-laden...[Sakey] knows how to create realistic suspense and action that puts him in league with authors such as George Pelecanos and T. Jefferson Parker."
Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Goes from zero to sixty in a blazing rush. Sakey knows how to thrill a reader."
David Morrell, bestselling author of SCAVENGER

"Complex, multilayered, and above all, intriguing. This is one novel that you won't soon forget."
Book Reporter

"Sakey's conspiracy and corruption scenarios twist together in startling ways in this ambitious thriller. It's fast paced from the get-go and just as good as Sakey's stellar debut. Highly recommended."
Library Journal

"A dystopian metaphor for an empire on the wane. The pacing is absolutely perfect...an expert balancing act between moments of high tension and quiet reflection."
DEMO Magazine

"Fans of The Wire will recognise the themes of race and class explored here, with the book, like the show, unwilling to provide any easy answers...a cracking crime thriller with genuine depth"
In The News UK

"A swift ride through the politics, race and class standoffs that make Chicago such a good fit for Sakey's street-level brand of crime thriller. Critic's Choice."
The Chicago Reader

"High-tension action, intricate plotting and a Chicago setting that thrums and pulses with the feel of the city...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."
Publisher's Weekly

"Sakey is a name to watch for devotees of Pelecanos, Lehane, and other chroniclers of the urban jungle."

"Intricate...relentless...Sakey's gritty Chicago is wonderfully evoked. [A] brutally effective action-heavy thriller, ready-made for film."

"Sakey raised the bar with his debut novel, but this brilliant encore has lifted it even higher."
Crimespree Magazine

"[A] scary ride through the dark underbelly of Chicago shows real depth on the part of this rapidly maturing writer...the characters are as compelling as the situations...a very strong and memorable novel, not to be missed."
Independent Mystery Booksellers Association

"Sakey hits his stride...a sharp picture of a man adjusting to fighting shadows at home after doing so abroad...a gritty homage to our fair city."
UR Chicago

"Fast and furious, packed with action scenes, vignettes and flashbacks, many of them quite exceptional...At the City’s Edge contains the undertone of a social novel, an attempt to explore the vicious dynamics at work in cities such as Chicago."
January Magazine

"Will blister your fingers as it keeps you up late into the night, but unlike most quick reads, its subtleties will linger with you far longer."
Mystery Book Spot