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The Guillotine Choice

Michael J. Malone (Author)

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In 1920s French-controlled Algeria, Kaci is in the frame for the brutal murder of his French boss. Kaci is faced with a stark choice: name his cousin as the killer and win his freedom, or keep quiet and face 25 years’ hard labour in the infamous Devil’s Island penal colony. Either way, one of them is destined for the world’s worst prison… a hell on earth that few men survive. ?The Guillotine Choice is a novel based on the true story of an Algerian man’s years in one of history’s most notorious prisons. A real-life Shawshank Redemption, it is an inspirational story of endurance and the triumph of dignity over despair in almost unimaginably horrific conditions.

REVIEWS OF The Guillotine Choice

“'This story, its characters, and the consequences of every action had me by the throat. If you want to read a book that grabs your emotions and takes you on a roller coaster ride, this is it.'” - Linda McHenry

“'Malone'’s dramatisation of these events is quite magnificent. His writing is effortless, expressive and taut.”' – Crime Review Read more

“'A magnificent piece of work.'” - Douglas Skelton.

'“A remarkable story told with rare skill, The Guillotine Choice is at once fascinating, moving and thrilling. Malone writes beautifully. A wonderful achievement.'” - Chris Ewan

'“A compelling, life-affirming story.”' - Helen Fitzgerald.


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The Guillotine Choice

About the author

Michael J. Malone

Michael J Malone is a poet and author, born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, leading him into a career in the book world. His debut crime novel Blood Tears and his non-fiction book Carnegie’s Call came out in 2012, and he has had more than 150 poems published in the UK literary press. Bashir Saoudi is a computer engineer in Cambridge whose life’s dream is to see his father’s incredible story brought to a public audience before he retires to Algeria.

Praise for Michael Malone:
“His characters… hit the ground running in fully developed and highly believable form. Outstanding.”? – Undiscovered Scotland
“A superb piece of writing.” – Ken Bruen, author