Crossbones is the final installment of Somali author, Nuruddin Farah’s Past Imperfect trilogy. Brilliantly written, it delves into Somalia’s history with a tapestry of flawed and interesting characters. His timely portrayal of Somali pirates and war profiteers reveal a more rounded, deeper depiction of those who fill our news reports and the complex situations that surround them. This is a book that works well as an introduction to Somalia, and as a stand alone novel.