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ISBN13: 9780143188728
ISBN10: 0143188720
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Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is "419," the world's most insidious Internet scam.

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine.

A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa.

And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims.

Lives intersect.  Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: "Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help…"

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down — and corner — her father's killer. It is a dangerous game she's playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine.

Woven into Laura's journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit.

And running through it, a dying father's final words: "You, I love."

Review:

"As good a novel about the world in its entirety, from Canada to Nigeria, as I've seen in years, or will likely see in years to come. It stays with you, it makes you think, and it hurts." Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

Review:

419 is sharp and unpredictable, full of surprising, wonderful characters. It isn't just clever — it's spectacular." Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments

Review:

“It's a deeply ironic, thoroughly engaged politico-philosophical thriller….Riveting. Provocative.” The Globe and Mail

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…A quick-plotted thriller.” The Atlantic Wire

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

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“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.” The Toronto Star

Review:

“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 Dicken's character novel, a little bit like an Oscar-seeking movie….[Ferguson] designed [419] as a page-turner. He succeeds fully.” Winnipeg Free Press

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“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)

Review:

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

About the Author

Will Ferguson is the author of several award-winning and critically-acclaimed books, including Beyond Belfast and Happiness™. His work has been nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth WritersPrize. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

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Laurie Blum, August 21, 2013 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Thank you, Penguin Group, for the ARC of the novel "419", winner of Canada's Giller Literary Prize. Author Will Ferguson had me on the 'edge of my seat' as I read this ambitious thriller with an intricate plot & four story lines ... trust me, I will never open emails from the Nigerian government as I learned that "419" refers to the section of the criminal code which pertains to obtaining goods or money under false pretenses ... not my usual genre, but thought provoking and a worthwhile read.
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writermala, August 18, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
The title was so mysterious that I didn't have a clue what the book was about. The plot unfolded, revealing 419 to be the section of Nigeria's criminal code dealing with fraud. The author cleverly reveals the machinations of a con artist in Nigeria using the internet on a mass scale to milk unsuspecting Canadians of their life savings. The scammers consider themselves artists and justify their "trade" by saying they are only getting the funds due to the greed of their correspondents whom they don't consider victims at all

One such victim's daughter, Laura, is determined to get even. The novel charts her journey as also that of one of several con artists, a man of the "family" and a woman without a name who walks through the African desert. All the strands in the story come together to a grand climax and a surprising ending. A climax worth waiting for.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143188728
Author:
Ferguson, Will
Publisher:
Pintail
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130827
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Pintail - English 9780143188728 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As good a novel about the world in its entirety, from Canada to Nigeria, as I've seen in years, or will likely see in years to come. It stays with you, it makes you think, and it hurts."
"Review" by , 419 is sharp and unpredictable, full of surprising, wonderful characters. It isn't just clever — it's spectacular."
"Review" by , “It's a deeply ironic, thoroughly engaged politico-philosophical thriller….Riveting. Provocative.”
"Review" by , …A quick-plotted thriller.”
"Review" by , “A sweeping story with complex twists and turns that spans continents, breaks hearts and ruins lives.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “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 Dicken's character novel, a little bit like an Oscar-seeking movie….[Ferguson] designed [419] as a page-turner. He succeeds fully.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “A powerful read…Ferguson is a heavy-weight now.”
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