419

419

Book - 2012
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When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of the world's most insidious Internet scam, known as "419," she sets about to track down--and corner--her father's killer. However, it is a dangerous game and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670064717
Branch Call Number: FICTION FER
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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csrestall
Jun 08, 2017

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked especially how the setting was Calgary for some of the chapters. This book discusses a fictional family that has been effected by a Nigerian con man, ultimately causing the suicide of the father. The other characters in Nigeria eventually intertwine with the main character Laura who's father has perished. It was a very interesting book, slightly disturbing at times. Over all it was a good work of fiction about a rather unique topic.

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bigfeet
Feb 17, 2016

This dark story was well written and well researched. I didn't love the ending but for the most part it was really good. I learned a lot from this book. I would recommend it for sure.

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Katrinasusan
Aug 27, 2015

'wyenotgo"s' comment is a good summation of the book. i did enjoy it and got a better feel for the story behind the theme.

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mogie
May 26, 2015

A decent read. I enjoyed the intersecting stories. The plot moved along nicely. I found that it picked up as the book went along. The landscape in Canada and Nigeria were written well and weren't overly descriptive. I knew nothing about how these infamous scams were run so it was interesting reading about them. No complaints about this book.

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trudat
Mar 16, 2015

Outstanding novel that opened my eyes to what 'righting the wrongs' looks like on the other side of the world.

poppy2010 Dec 07, 2013

Excellent writing, very well researched novel, that will be enjoyed by anyone that has some reasonable knowledge of the geography and people of Nigeria.

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Eil_1
Oct 26, 2013

While reading this book, I researched 419 on the internet. This is a fictional book based on an actual internet scam. In a small way, my Grandson was a victim of this scam. Always remember "there's no Free Lunch!".

CookingFrog Oct 14, 2013

Nice thriller, interesting and original. The last chapter does not work at all. It does not really matter. By then you don't need Ferguson to tell you the story.

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adeecee
Sep 28, 2013

A very well written book which unfortunately stumbles badly in the last few chapters with a silly Hollywood ending.

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mimihardy
Sep 21, 2013

extremely sad...

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csrestall
Jun 08, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: murder/violent scenes

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csrestall
Jun 08, 2017

Violence: There are many images of war, however one of the main characters is murdered using the tire/fire method.

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csrestall
Jun 08, 2017

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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csrestall
Jun 08, 2017

Laura's father has committed suicide after being conned in a 419 scheme which robbed him of his life savings. Laura is going to great lengths to find the con man who is all the way in Nigeria while she is living in Calgary, Canada. There are two other characters in the book as well. Nnamdi a boy living in Nigeria, and Amina a pregnant girl who is running away from her home. They eventually meet up while Nnamdi is driving a tanker full of gasoline. He rescues her in the sense that he is the only one who cares about her and her unborn child. He takes on the role of the father even though he did not impregnate her. Mean while Laura has discovered the identity of the con man and has begun conning him in return. She arrives in Lagos to reclaim her fathers money. The man who conned her father works for a crime lord in Lagos, who happens to be Nnamdi's cousin. Nnamdi and Amina have journeyed to Lagos for the help of that same cousin. Laura is able to get her fathers money back, however Nnamdi is expected to stab her in her hotel room. He decides not to and is murdered by his cousin using the fire/tire method. Laura escapes Lagos leaving pregnant Amina behind and indebted. Once returning home she is plagued by guilt and eventually sends the money she retrieved to Amina, she thinks this is what her father would want.

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