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The Fortune Men: A Novel

The Fortune Men: A Novel

Author Nadifa Mohamed
Publisher Knopf
Publication Date 2021-12-14
Section New Hardcover - Fiction
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780593534366

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
 
Based on a true event, an intimate and harrowing novel about the last man in Cardiff to be sentenced to death


In Cardiff, Wales in 1952, Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor, is accused of a crime he did not commit: the brutal killing of Violet Volacki, a shopkeeper from Tiger Bay. At first, Mahmood believes he can ignore the fingers pointing his way; he may be a gambler and a petty thief, but he is no murderer. He is a father of three, secure in his innocence and his belief in British justice. But as the trial draws closer, his prospect for freedom dwindles. Now, Mahmood must stage a terrifying fight for his life, with all the chips stacked against him: a shoddy investigation, an inhumane legal system, and, most evidently, pervasive and deep-rooted racism at every step. Under the shadow of the hangman’s noose, Mahmood begins to realize that even the truth may not be enough to save him. A haunting tale of miscarried justice, this book offers a chilling look at the dark corners of our humanity.

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