The Blade Itself

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This article is about the crime thriller by Marcus Sakey. For the fantasy novel of the same title by Joe Ambercrombie, see The First Law.
The Blade Itself
Author Marcus Sakey
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime fiction
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
Media type Hardcover

The Blade Itself is a crime thriller novel by Marcus Sakey that was released in January 2007.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel, set in Chicago, is the story of two childhood friends and young criminals, Danny Carter and Evan McGann. Years after their criminal partnership dissolved, just as Carter has reformed himself and started a respectable new life, his former partner soon returns from prison to threaten Carter's peaceful new existence with demands of re-teaming.


The Blade Itself was selected as a New York Times Editor's Pick and named one of Esquire Magazine's 5 Best Reads of 2007.[1]


Director and actor Ben Affleck bought the film rights to the novel in 2008 for his production company.[2]