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A brief history of seven killings: a novel

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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Decade One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times A "thrilling, ambitious . . . intense" ( Los Angeles Times ) novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s, from the author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf In A Brief History of Seven Killings , Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven gunmen stormed the singer's house, machine guns blazing. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Rumors abound regarding the assassins' fates, and there are suspicions that the attack was politically motivated. A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica's history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters - gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts - over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate. Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight.
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subject_facetAssassins -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Jamaica -- History -- 1962- -- Fiction
Marley, Bob -- Assassination attempts -- Fiction
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Oral history -- Fiction
Rastafarians -- Jamaica -- Fiction
Reggae musicians -- Jamaica -- Fiction
title_displayA brief history of seven killings
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A Brief History of Seven Killings A Novel
A brief history of seven killings / Marlon James
A brief history of seven killings : a novel [electronic resource] / Marlon James
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topic_facetAssassination attempts
Assassins
Fiction
Historical Fiction
History
Literature
Marley, Bob
Oral history
Rastafarians
Reggae musicians