Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

By Matthew Kneale
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400079575, 208pp.)

Publication Date: March 14, 2006

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A well-intentioned English family unwittingly becomes complicit in state violence while traveling through China. A ploddingly respectable London lawyer chances upon a stash of cocaine and realizes it offers the wealth and status he's always hungered for. A salesman in Africa gets caught up in a riot, and a Palestinian suicide bomber has a moment of self-doubt. Kneale transports readers across continents in a nanosecond, reaching to the heart of faraway societies with rare perceptiveness. With wry humor and razor-sharp satire, these twelve thought-provoking stories illuminate the moral uncertainty of our time.

About the Author
MATTHEW KNEALE was born in London in 1960, the son of two writers. He is the author of numerous prizewinning novels, including the bestselling "English Passengers," which won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives with his wife and two children in Rome, Italy.
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