“Brilliance will make you happy from start to finish.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Simply put, Marcus Sakey's Brilliance saga is awesome.” —Kirkus
“Perfectly titled, this tour-de-force has it all—a credible protagonist, a riveting plot, and enough philosophical questions for a roomful of Jesuits.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"At once mystery, thriller, family saga, and romance...The plot takes many unpredictable twists, the characters are multidimensional, the world quite believable, and the social/political commentary pointed and often chilling.” —Chicago Tribune
“A tightly plotted thriller with classic questions beating in its geeky heart.” —NPR
“Sakey paints a near future too close for comfort in this stunning thriller." —Publishers Weekly
“Sakey’s premise is utterly compelling; no committed thriller aficionado will be able to set the book down. Brilliance is disturbing—and brilliant.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“One of the finest thrillers I have ever read. A masterpiece." —Crimespree Magazine
“Brilliant.” —Chicago Sun-Times
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
From Marcus Sakey, “a modern master of suspense” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.
A 2013 Edgar Award Nominee
“The kind of story you’ve never read before.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher Series
“Ridiculously good. I love this story so much.” —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
Nominated for the Edgar, Lovey, Sideways, and Prometheus awards.