Marlon James can smell bullshit from a mile away, whether it's the latest hoopla in the media or a hastily finished assignment from his creative writing students at Macalester College. Luckily the old saying "whoever smelt it dealt it" doesn't apply to James. The Twin Cities-based writer by way of Jamaica just released his third novel to international critical acclaim. A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the assassination attempt on Bob Marley through dozens of different characters and voices, including Jamaican patois. Before you embark on this journey back to the 1970s, know this: James doesn't let his readers off easy. He makes you work for the payoff, and after you've made it through the novel's 700 dizzying pages, you'll be left reeling.