419Book - 2012
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… "
Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is "419," the world's most insidious Internet scam.
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. "
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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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