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Feature Thu Jul 01 2010

Answers and Questions: Marcus Sakey

In keeping with the big-hair theme, writer of thrillers Marcus Sakey (and a member of Chicago crime-writing collective the Outfit) reports that his curly mop is often a topic of discussion at readings:

I'm frequently asked if I've seen Starsky & Hutch. (It's my afro.)

But overall, he's relatively diplomatic when it comes to his fans:

Most audiences are great. They hit some of the same topics, but it's all stuff I'm delighted to talk about.

Though there was one guy at a signing in Ohio who came up at the end and asked if I wanted to go to a strip club -- apparently they had wonderful chicken wings.

I declined.

Sakey, who's just about to complete his "Book the Fifth," was ranked at number 16 on Newcity's 2010 Lit 50 list, who advised: "Consider him a young Chicago Elmore Leonard."

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