An anthology of seven short stories:
“The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away” (nominated for Thriller and Macavity awards)
“The Days When You Were Anything Else”
“Gravity and Need”
“The Time Before the Last”
These stories of men and women pushed to - and beyond - the ragged edge demonstrate why National Public Radio declared Sakey writes “crime drama for the 21st century.”
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His other works are even better!
Pleasantly disturbing plots
The ex-con bartender character hooked me into that story because of the father / daughter plot.
He has a pleasant speaking voice and it actually seemed like he was able to change it up depending on the story or character.
It kills me to give Sakey less than 5 stars for Scar Tissue, but compared to his other books that I've read like "The Blade Itself" and "The Amateurs", this one is not quite as great. That being said, I must say that in at least three of the stories he did do a great job of getting me to think about what happens next to the characters after I read the strange twist at the end of the stories. He also did his usually exceptional job of helping me visualize scenes and events and feelings using descriptions that were fresh, highly imaginative and very effect. They were so creative I was tempted to start keeping a list, but I didn't want to stop listening long enough to do that.Sakey is a magician when it comes to creating characters (good or bad) who immediately draw your concern and he is very effective at crafting disturbing situations and subplots around them so you remain uncomfortable throughout the entire book. I marvel at how quickly, yet subtly he manages to get me hooked. Sakey is probably my favorite modern fiction writer and I'm looking forward to listening to his book, At The City's Edge, that he mentioned in Scar Tissue.