Wednesday, October 31, 2012

419 by Will Ferguson Wins 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Book Awards

419, a suspense thriller by Will Ferguson, has been named the winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize for the best Canadian novel published in English. The award itself is not exclusive to crime novels, but since the winner happens to be one, we wanted to mention it here.

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.

First published by Viking in March 2012, 419 is not (yet) available here in the US.

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