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419 by Will Ferguson

419

419 by Will Ferguson
Paperback
Mar 26, 2013 | 432 Pages
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    Mar 26, 2013 | 432 Pages

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Praise

“419 is more than a drugstore-rack police procedural: It’s a deeply ironic, thoroughly engaged politico-philosophical thriller from a comic writer best known for winning a trio of Leacock Awards…. you won’t sleep until you finish, and then rest won’t come easily. Riveting. Provocative.” – The Globe and Mail

“A sweeping story with complex twists and turns that spans continents, breaks hearts and ruins lives.” – The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

“The story [Ferguson] weaves is heart-wrenching, fascinating, and scary. A thriller with a raw nerve ending…. Ferguson … dazzles us in 419 with an intricately woven, urgent story. It is an unflinching, ambitious work, flinging us back and forth across the Atlantic, and taking us into danger…. It is a persuasive work of fiction based on a very original premise. Ferguson who swings so deftly from humor to thriller is a writer who can genuinely surprise.” – Toronto Star

“Ferguson’s revenge novel will appeal to everyone…. A sprawling but beautiful third novel. It is a mixture of intrigue, storytelling, parenthood, sorrow, vengeance and fun. It reads a little bit like a Ludlum spy saga, a little bit like a Dickens character novel, a little bit like an Oscar-seeking movie…. [Ferguson] designed [419] as a page-turner. He succeeds fully.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“This book shimmers. Tautly paced and vividly drawn, 419 captures the reader in a net of desire and deceit drawn tight by the interconnections of humanity in the twenty-first century.” – Vincent Lam, Giller Prize-winning author of Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

“419 is an ambitious, fast-paced global thriller which I found impossible to put down.” – Camilla Gibb, author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement

“Will Ferguson’s 419 unveils the brilliant layers of a Nigerian cyberspace sting that brings devastation to an entire family. Ferguson’s characters live by their wits, employing techno-wizardry and the cold ingenuity of the old-fashioned con. Intrigue, coercion, shame, and torqued suspense unfold with harrowing speed and the illuminating elegance of a cyber click.” – Lisa Moore, author of Alligator and February

“Though there is a touch of humour in its pages, 419 is much more of a showcase for Ferguson’s travel-writing talents…. A truly enjoyable book…. Ferguson is a keen observer of landscapes and cityscapes, and has a brilliant ear for dialogue and accent…. you will never see those creative 419 emails in your inbox in quite the same way.” – The Gazette (Montreal)

“A powerful read…. Ferguson is a heavy-weight now.” – NOW Magazine

Awards

Scotiabank Giller Prize WINNER 2012

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