Staff Recommendation: Having been riveted by Marlon James’ previous novel, The Book of Night Women, I was delighted that A Brief History of Seven Killings was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize . James is a masterful writer, amply rewarding the dedication he demands from his readers. The action begins in Jamaica. Bob Marley is experiencing global superstardom but narrowly avoids assassination, gang warfare is rife in the ghettos, and the CIA is in town. Don’t be daunted by James’s epic cast of characters; this novel is utterly absorbing.