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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.” - 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  as a page-turner. He succeeds fully.” - Winnipeg Free Press
“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
"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, 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
Travel writer and novelist Will Ferguson is the author of several award-winning memoirs, including Beyond Belfast, about a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; Hitching Rides With Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb; and most recently the humour collection Canadian Pie, which includes his travels from Yukon to PEI.
Ferguson's novels include Happiness™, a satire set in the world of self-help publishing, and Spanish Fly, a coming-of-age tale of con men and call girls set amid the jazz clubs of the Great Depression. His work, which has been published in more than twenty languages around the world, has been nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and he is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal.
I bought this book after I got stung in a Nigerian 419 scam so it meant all the more to me. This book is authoritative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan Wall
It is really like this in Nigeria . . .
Friend is a helicopter pilot for the oil and gas industry and he tells me the book is very accurate . . . oh my! Read more
While the plot unfolds slowly, the climax is excellently paced. This book provides a convincing peek into the underbelly of African mafia activities. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Gidon Frame
Was a bit of a slow start but once it got going was hard to put down!Published 7 months ago by Love2read
The part in the middle was good, about the state of Nigeria. The rest was garbage, hack writing.Published 10 months ago by Pete
I found story jumped all over - very confusing and hard to follow. Tried few times to finish but could not stay interested or sure what was happening. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Susan