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Marlon James' views of a crime in 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'
Marlon James' views of a crime in 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings," is a thrilling, ambitious fictionalization of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976 and the afterlives of Marley's would-be assassins. Both intense and epic — it's told in rapid-fire short chapters while clocking in at 704 pages — the novel is narrated by a huge cast of characters. There are patois-speaking street thugs, CIA operatives, Jamaican gang leaders, a magazine writer, a displeased ghost, an American hit man, and a woman who slept with the singer just that once. "Truth keeps shifting," James explains by Skype, sitting at his desk in St. Paul, Minn. "Five, six stories,...

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