A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide?
On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims.
Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help ...”
419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever ...
From the internationally bestselling travel writer Will Ferguson, author of Happiness™ and Spanish Fly, comes a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human suffering. It’s a story of love in a time of darkness, of one woman’s search for redemption, and of a young boy who will triumph above it all.
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I can see that this would, and probably will, make a powerful, sweeping movie. From suburban Alberta to the shanty towns of Lagos; I can see it already. And the climax, which I won’t tell you about, is worthy of any thriller.Read Full Review of 419 | See more reviews from Financial Times
Ferguson, who has written other novels and humor and has won the Leacock Medal three times, dazzles us in 419 with an intricately woven, urgent story. It is an unflinching, ambitious work.Read Full Review of 419 | See more reviews from Toronto Star
Readers will finish with a devoted investment in all his characters. They’re modern and living on basic instincts; they're complex, endearing, flawed, cunning, and ambitious.Read Full Review of 419
...a thriller that will keep you hanging until the end...Read Full Review of 419
...a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human suffering.Read Full Review of 419
So what to make of 419? Surely, talented authors should stretch their bounds. Ferguson can do many things, from travel writing to joke-telling to satire. What he can’t do is present believable earnestness. As an artist, 419 plays to all of his faults, and few of his talents.Read Full Review of 419 | See more reviews from National Post arts
It is a very good book, but it is also a thriller, one that does what every really good thriller does - engage, entertain, and provoke reflection. And it is well worth any reader's time and attention.Read Full Review of 419
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