A man wakes up, shivering and alone on a desolate beach. He has no idea who he is or why heâ€™s there. He and the reader gradually get clues: heâ€™s Daniel Hayes; he lives in Los Angeles; heâ€™s in northern Maine; and the cops want him, but he doesnâ€™t know why. So beings a new mystery from Marcus Sakey, known for the BLADE ITSELF and THE AMATEURS. Determined to confirm his identity and find out why he traveled cross-country in a drunk, drug-induced haze, Hayes re-traces he cross-country journey to Los Angeles.
The titular novices of Marcus Sakeyâ€™s recent novel, THE AMATEURS, are four friends, three men and one woman, who band together against the frigidity of Chicagoâ€™s winters and the loneliness of urban life to form the Thursday Night Drinking Club. But amateur drinkers these four are not â€“ experts in the art of throwing back martinis, the first thing any of these four do in a time of crisis is reach for a bottle of vodka. If only the same could be said for their foray into the criminal underworld.