Condemn his cousin to the guillotine...
…Or serve 40 years himself on Devil's Island?
The Guillotine Choice, the new novel by Michael J Malone, is the astonishing true account of one man’s experience of a hell on earth that few of us could ever hope to survive: the infamous Devil’s Island penal colony.
Packed with all the drama of The Shawshank Redemption and Papillon, The Guillotine Choice, published on March 13, tells the story of an uncommon man – Kaci Mohand Saoudi – whose dignity triumphed over despair in unimaginably horrific conditions. The novel was written in collaboration with Kaci’s son, Bashir Saoudi.
Bashir says, ‘My father’s life is an inspiration and serves as an education to all of our children. It has been a dream of mine for thirty years to have this story told, and my deepest thanks are due to Michael Malone whose eye for detail, his patience and his storytelling ability have all helped to make this book everything I hoped for.
‘I feel that I got to know my father better through the thirty years of research that went into this project. This book is a way to thank him and to say what I should have told him in the living years, that is: Dad, I love you.’
The novel begins in 1920s French-controlled Algeria, when Kaci Mohand Saoudi was in the frame for the brutal murder of his French boss. He is faced with a stark choice: win freedom by naming the killer and thus condemning him to the guillotine, or keep quiet and face a never-ending sentence in the infamous devil’s Island penal colony?
Kaci, just 20 years old, must choose between an eternity of guilt and shame... or a lifetime of physical suffering and mental anguish.