Danny and Evan earned their reputation knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow. Then in the roar of a gun blast everything changed.
Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past. He's built a new world for himself: a legitimate career, a long-term girlfriend, and a clean conscience. He's just like anyone else. Normal. Successful. Happy.
Until he spots his old partner staring him down in a smoky barroom mirror.
The prison-hardened Evan believes he's owed major payback, and he's willing to do anything to get it. With all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny's new life hinges on a terrible choice: How far will he go to protect his future from his past?
Selected as a New York Times Editor's Pick and named one of Esquire Magazine's 5 Best Reads of 2007, THE BLADE ITSELF is the story of a man held hostage by circumstance; an exploration of class, identity, and the demons that shape us.