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Good People

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The spectacular Dutton debut of a thriller writer whose ecstatically acclaimed work draws comparisons to luminaries such as Elmore Leonard, George Pelecanos, and Dennis Lehane

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 ne...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Dutton Adult (first published August 1st 2008)
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Bridget
The Reeds are up to their ears in debt. When they're at the pit of despair, not sure how in the world they can turn their life around, they find a boat load of money. The money is calling their name. In their current situation of complete desperation, they make the only decision that seems logical, they take the money. There is no way they could have foreseen how this one decision would change their lives forever. Will they make it out alive?

I was completely drawn into this book before I even fi...more
Miles
How far would you go to make all your dreams come true? If someone blindly handed you the opportunity to walk away with close on $400,000 in untraceable cash would you take it even though you knew the money wasn’t yours? No one would find out – or would they?

Could you keep the secret? Could you avoid temptation and not spend the money on clothes and luxury items? Would you pay off your debts and start anew? This is the dilemma married couple Tom and Anna Reed are faced with.

As with No Turning Ba...more
Savvy


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...more
Ed Armstrong
Dec 26, 2009 Ed Armstrong rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good thriller
Recommended to Ed by: Just pulled it out of the public library
Shelves: thriller
A debt-ridden couple discover a smoldering fire in the other half of a two-flat they own. While dousing the fire and cleaning up the mess created by their efforts they discover a ton of money that's been hidden in sacks of sugar and flour. They talk themselves into believing their money problems are over and the story details their dream-gone-wrong. A thriller that will hold you in suspense until the very last page.
Cam
Fast-paced thriller about a dink/yuppie Chicago couple who stumble upon $400,000 and think it'll answer all their problems (and they have a few.) What they don't know is how vengeful the criminals are who want the money back, nor how ambition rears it's ugly head in the police force. It's a pretty good read, but a little facile or slick. I can't think about how much the author enjoys having his books optioned as movies and can almost see this as any recent Ben Affleck movie or as an episode on L...more
Paul Pessolano
Test yourself. If you were renting to a completely unknown person and he died, and you found $400,000 hidden in his room - what would you do?????

Could you resist the temptation of keeping the money? Keep in mind nobody knows who this person is, he has no known relaltives, and no one knows about the $400,000.

Tom and Anna Reed are faced with this decision. They are in need of money and it would certainly make life more enjoyable for them. However, unknown to them, the money and a suitcase of drugs...more
Mindi Rosser
Since Marcus Sakey is a local thriller author (Chicago, IL), I decided to read Good People. Available at my public library, I was excited to listen to the audio version of this fast-paced thriller. Though my iPod mixed up some of the tracks in this book, I listened to the majority of the story in chronological order.

The premise of the book is interesting: What happens to everyday Good People when they fall into sticky situations?

Intriguing question, right? What would I do if I found $400,000 in...more
Jim
Sakey is at his best when he writes about average people who stumble into the nether world inhabited by criminals and sometimes crooked cops, often through their own bad behavior. The lengths his protagonists go to extricate themselves, all the while out of their depth, drives Sakeys crime thrillers.

Tom and Anna Reed are a nice couple. They own a two-flat on Chicago's Northside; they live in one flat and rent out the other. When their tenant dies, they find a lot of money hidden in his apartmen...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Tom and Anna Reed
SETTING: Chicago
RATING: 4.25

We all know good people like Tom and Anna Reed—a nice couple who work hard and love their friends and families. What isn't obvious is that they are struggling financially after having embarked on a series of failed infertility treatments. They own a 2-story home and rent the lower level to a man who keeps to himself; his rent is what keeps a roof over their head.

Then one day, the Reeds smell smoke coming from the downstairs apartment. The...more
Kathleen Hagen
Good People, by Marcus Sakey, B, Narrated by Dan John Miller, and Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Tom and Anna Reed liv in Chicago on the north side. They both have good jobs that pay well. However, they have spent thousands of dollars on fertility methods trying to get pregnant. In doing this, they have fallen behind on their mortgage and have credit card bills exceeding $15,000. They have rented out the bottom floor of their duplex to a man who pays his re...more
Christine
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. They work good jobs, own a two family home, live in a good neighborhood, and are trying to have a baby. And yet, their pressing financial challenges (including expensive fertility treatments that haven’t yet worked) make their lives far from perfect, putting a strain...more
ReadandRated
Funny old book this one, I bought it on a whim as I was stuck without a book (and panicking accordingly) so I literally grabbed a few random ones in the hope that one or two might be good.

In this book we meet a fairly typical couple who have the misfortune of struggling to conceive. They've blown a lot of money on IVF and are faced with the difficult decision of having to accept that they can't afford another round of fertility treatment.

Then, in a random twist of fate, an opportunity presents i...more
Stephen
What would you do if you found $400,000?

For Tom and Anna Reed, this isn't merely a thought exercise, but an actual decision they have to make. The Reeds are your average American couple - mid-30's, trying to have a child, and in debt up to their eyeballs. To help pay the mortgage on their Chicago home, they rent a basement apartment to a man they barely know. One night, they respond to a fire alarm downstairs and find their tenant dead. In the process of putting out the fire, they stumble upon a...more
Rob Smith
I hate it when I know the ending early in a book. It happened again. Why couldn't the author had peopled the book with more people and elements to make it, at least, a bit difficult to know where the book was going??? There were complications that were nice surprises, but still mostly fillers to get to the conclusion. Which leads to....

The other complaint I have, almost consistently with recent authors - Too much excess needlessness. I get working out character motivation. But the emotional pabl...more
Grady Richardson
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 l...more
Mathilde
Chicago yuppies Todd and Anna, deeply indebt due to fertility treatments, find almost $400,000 in their tenant’s apartment. The tenant had just died. They decide to keep the money and pay off their bills and invest in their future. Duh, unethical and stupid. The tenant turned out to be a career criminal who was involved in a huge robbery, and the police, the tenants partner’s in crime, and the drug dealer all get involved with Todd, Anna, and the money. The book went quickly, and was an OK read,...more
Jake
If there's a more run-of-the-mill crime novel out there, I'll be shocked. There is literally nothing positive or negative to say about this book. Hell, I wish Sakey wasn't such a competent writer, because it would have been much more fun of Good People was straight-up garbagio. Sakey's been great before, but this is a total mail-in job. I give it two mehs and a dismissive wank motion.

On a related note, just once can we have 'innocent' characters find some illicit cash and NOT be stupid with it?...more
Daron W Krueger
Captivating read. I love how Sakey adds the element of real people to the story. This isn't just a typical crime novel with powerful, well funded bad guys and an almost super human hero--it is more a study of human nature. The story follows ordinary "good people" who stumble upon a way out of their financial troubles. They are introduced in a way that allow us to feel for them and their issues, and thus connect with the story on a more personal level--and presents a situation that very well coul...more
Ashley
Not my favorite of Sakey's books, a bit predictable. The female character in this book (to be played by Kate Hudson in the upcoming movie) is overly annoying and makes some incredibly stupid and predictable moves (Cameron Diaz would have been a more appropriate choice of actress considering the level of annoyance and stupidity on the female characters part). Other than that there are a few twists and turns I didn't see coming and it kept me entertained. Sakey is still a great writer and I will c...more
Beverly Harrison Campbell
Loved it! It was not at all what I expected. Very unique and interesting set up. What would you do if four hundred thou suddenly fell into your lap? Things might not turn out as expected, and that's exactly what happens with this fun read. This is my second Marcus Sakey book. I plan to read them all.
Amy
A friend lent me this... I don't usually pick up these kinds of grocery-store paperbacks, but this was a fast, fun, and (yes) thrilling read. It had movie overtones--I could see it as one of those generic thriller films. Because the protagonists are "ordinary people," the reader (unless you're a criminal) can definitely identify with them and understand how they act. And Chicagoans will appreciate and enjoy all the North Side references to places, streets, beaches, etc.

I thought some of the twis...more
Tony Moore
It was a decent story a little predictable and I believe the movie may do well that is coming out this year. I would pass on the book and wait on the movie, this is not on the same level as his novel Brilliance.
Steve
Sep 18, 2009 Steve rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: mystery readers w/ a Chicago bent.
I used to read mysteries like crazy - but seldom do now. Picked this up since Sakey is part of the well-regarded group of Chicago mystery writers, The Organization. Nice back drop of Chicago, w/out getting too heavy handed w/ it. And built nicely to a fever pitch as the book moved along. But old plot - innocents thrown to the wolves, in above their heads. And the bad guys would have killed them about 6 times over rather than keep letting them live. Blame me to some extent - I guess I am just not...more
Beverley Jones
This is hardly an original premise for a thriller - ordinary couple comes across big wodge of cash - things go horribly wrong! But it is a fast paced, tightly written tale that benefits from having surprisingly realistic characters.

Tom and Anna, the couple with the dilemma make a few fairly stupid decisions along the way but remain the convincingly human centre of this tale about 'good people' who question their own morality when the 'bad people' come calling.

Despite the fact I had a fair idea...more
Sheree VanNoy
Frustrating start better ending

I almost stopped reading this about one third of the way in. It was so predictable and I wad really starting to dislike the "good person" Anna. Every move she made was so look stupid and selfish. by the end at least they get lucky but it followed the only selfless act she and her husband took in the whole story. It was totally predictable but a pretty good read.
Alan
The story is kind of a cliche. Broke needy people finds lots of money. They think this is the greatest thing that's happened to them and at just the right time. Turns out that the money is ill-gotten gains and some bad guys are desperately trying to get it back. The windfall that the innocent people think will turn their lives around actually spins the other way and their lives become hell because of it. Scott Smith's A Simple Plan is the same kind of story.

Nonetheless, Sakey does a good job of...more
Kathie Newsted
LISTEN TO HIS BOOKS ON AUDIO—ADDS TO HIS GREAT SUSPENSE! He's a Chicago writer that journalist Rick Kogan has promoted. This book being made into a movie starring Kate Hudson and James Franco. Funny that they're filming it in London, and not its actual setting—Chicago! Sakey is a wonderful suspense writer, all his stories set in Chi-Town, and all about ordinary people twisting about in extraordinary happenings. I like to listen to suspense audio books whenever I am driving, and Sakey helps the m...more
Mark Bowman
This author was recommended by a friend who is in a writers' group with Sakey. This is 3rd book of his I have read...and is by far the best so far. Top-notch crime fiction with fast-moving, unpredictable plot. And he manages to thread his existential narrative into the unfolding of the plot. I'm partial to writers who use settings with which I'm familiar and so I enjoy Sakey's accurate depictions of Chicago scenes--most of this book is in the parts of the city I frequent. Easy and most enjoyable...more
Beverly
This book was not what I hoped for - it was truly crime fiction - lots of bad people, bad words, bad things happening. I am a huge mystery fan - love murder mysterys etc, and thought this would be similar - however, it was not - more like one big chase scene with no mystery. You know from the beginning who did the crime, what it was, and everything that is going to happen. A dissapointment to me, but if you are all about action and chase scenes, you may like it.
Bob
Marcus Sakey is definitely one of the up and coming crime fiction writers. Since I am originally from the Chicago area, I enjoy the fact his novels are Chicago based. I can picture myself at some of the locations where he places the action. This is a page turner. The title "Good People" can have many meanings within the context of the plot. If I were writing it I'm not sure I would have ended the way it was, but I wasn't writing it. It is well worth the read.
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