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Author: Marcus Sakey
ISBN13: 978-1423366959
Title: Good People
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (August 4, 2009)

Good People by Marcus Sakey

Author: Marcus Sakey. A family, and the security to enjoy it: that’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in-vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams

Marcus Sakey's third book, Good People comes at the perfect time on the American landscape. With so many people facing economic challenges, it's easy for readers to put themselves in the shoes of Chicago yuppies Tom and Anna Reed. The Reeds work good jobs, own a two-family home, live in a good neighborhood, and are trying to have a baby

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Deeply in debt after years of failed infertility treatments, Tom and Anna Reed believe that they have been given a second chance when their downstairs tenant.

Tom and Anna Reed are young, middle-class, and in love. But financial pressures and the struggle to have a baby are grinding them down.

Marcus Sakey is an American author and host to the Travel Channel show Hidden City. Sakey was born in Flint, Michigan, and after marriage he settled in Chicago. Before becoming a writer, Sakey used to run a graphic design company, Hingepoint Productions, in Atlanta. Mr. Sakey attended the University of Michigan 1992–1996 with a double major in communication and political science. He also attended Columbia College Chicago for approximately one year in an MFA program with a focus in creative writing.

Good people - caught in a bad place.

His novel Good People was made into a movie starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, and his other books are in various stages of development for film. Born in Flint, Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan before beginning a decade-long career in television and advertising.

A family, and the security to enjoy it: That’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams. Then one night everything changes. Offered a chance at a future they’d almost lost hope in, they seize it. One simple choice. A fairy-tale ending. But Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap. Their decision puts them square in the path of some ruthless men. Men who have been double-crossed. Men who won’t stop until they get revenge. No matter where they find it.
Reviews: 7
I'm a big fan of Marcus Sakey ever since I read "Brilliance" and "The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes", his best works. I've since been working my way backwards through his novels. For comparison, this book is a little better than "Accelerant" (since it has a strong central concept) but is still weaker than "Brilliance" or "Two Deaths".

As with all of his work, Sakey has a real talent for tight pacing, quick and relatable character descriptions, and realistic, counter-intuitive fiction. Here, however, probably due to Sakey still coming into his own, these elements tend to be somewhat unrefined. For example, there were more than a few scenes in which some description seemed to be lacking, and I didn't quite understand right away what was happening. This seemed to be due less to bad writing / editing and more to do with Sakey just getting caught up in the action of the scene. Further, other than for the two protagonists, most characters are not QUITE as fleshed out as Sakey tends to make his characters in newer novels. This makes the motivations of one of the bad guys entirely undefined, while it makes the others barely more than two-dimensional in some ways.

Still, this is an excellent book. Unlike "Accelerant", this book is framed around an almost modern-day Aesop fable: what would happen if two real people with real monetary debts came upon a large bag full of cash? That makes this book more than just a crime thriller, as is the case with "Accelerant", and more on par with the nail-biting anxiety of "The Amateurs". It's a relatively quick read, with excellent pacing, twists and turns, and life-threatening situations. The book also offers up some valuable life-lessons, something else I rather enjoy from Sakey's writings.
I had a difficult time finishing this novel; I put it down for a few days twice. Not because of the quality of the writing or plotting - on the contrary, it's a well written book that will keep your interest all the way through. Rather, the problem I had is that I liked and identified with the main characters and at several points it was very clear that bad things were going to happen to them.

The title of the book is "Good People" and it could be subtitled "Making Bad Decisions". But, unlike a lot of poorly written stories, the bad decisions they make aren't necessarily stupid ones; they're a process of letting your greed overcome your good sense - I could see myself doing the same things (for the most part).

The main characters are a husband and wife who own a duplex, one half of which they rent out in order to cover the mortgage. They are deep in debt, both from buying the house and from multiple attempts at in vitro fertilization which have been unsuccessful. Other than their childlessness and the debt it's caused them to accrue, they are a happy couple.

Then their lives take a turn for what seems to be the better. The smoke alarm in their renter's duplex goes off and, in the course of putting out a stove fire, they find a stash of cash - $370,000. They also find their renter, dead of an apparent heart attack.

We've all had this fantasy - finding a huge amount of cash with no legitimate owner in sight. Of course, we should turn it over to the police, but what if?

They make one hasty bad decision to rehide the money and not report it and things quickly get very bad for them indeed.

I bought this novel after reading "Brillance" by the same author. I suspect I'll eventually buy the rest of his books; it's always nice to find a new author whose work you enjoy!
An excellent story about good people and what happens when they find a fortune. This is not a spoiler, it is in the description of the book. It is about how a married couple make choices that effect their lives in ways they never imagine. The book makes you think, what would I do in their place? Would you make the same choices they did or why you wouldn't, it will leave a lasting impression. Cannot wait to see the movie with Kate Hudson.
I'm not usually a big fan of crime novels; preferring historical fiction, classical literature, and an occasional non-fiction.
I came to GOOD PEOPLE with no expectations, other than a quick skim of the reviews and some personal interaction with the author... So, I really wanted to read one of his novels!

Preferences for genres aside, I'm always intrigued by an author who can spin out an intelligently wrought captivating story!
The artfully talented storyteller is the apex of humankind...the one we want to sit next to around the campfire!

Marcus Sakey is just that kind of minstrel and writes with a sense of tenacious clarity and perceptive psychological insight. The characters are well drawn, believable, and great examples of human frailty as well as innate strengths.

If you found $370,000 and thought that it wouldn't be missed by anyone... much less even known to exist... would you or would you not be tempted to keep it?

Sakey has spun a modern day fairy tale with a moral lesson (of greed and dishonesty) in GOOD PEOPLE! Good people would do the right thing, right?

No spoilers here...suffice it to say that this is a fast paced, suspense laced thriller which held me captive and hopeful for the young couple caught up in something so much bigger than they could ever have imagined in their wildest dreams!

I understand a movie is in the works and Sakey has just published several short stories which I am anxious to download on my Kindle... Short stories are a dying breed... an author has to really sharpen his pen to pack the punch in fewer words!
Marcus Sakey is one of my favorite writers, and he does not disappoint with this one. I didn't see the movie, but I doubt it could be as good as the book. two people caught up in an ever escalating crisis with twists and turns on every page. You find yourself identifying with the characters, wondering what you would do...great read.