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A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date November 5, 2009
Pages 272
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780241144633
ISBN-10 0241144639
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $31.25
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: When Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer's block, receives a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs Merrill Unger, with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son's, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story. Who is the dead boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel room, how and why did he die - and will this writer, whom Mrs Unger claims to admire, find out what really happened? Jerry is swiftly captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Mrs Unger, and revived by her Tantric massages, but the circumstances surrounding the dead boy cause him increasingly to doubt the exact nature of her philanthropy. With his trademark clarity of description and observation, Theroux brings to dramatic life a dark and twisted narrative of obsession and need.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780241144633 Book cover for 9780547260242 Book cover for 9780771085376
 
from Houghton Mifflin (February 11, 2010)
9780547260242 | details & prices | 279 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Jerry Delfont leads an aimless life in Calcutta, struggling in vain against his writer's block, or 'dead hand,' and flitting around the edges of a half-hearted romance.
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from Gardners Books (November 5, 2009)
9780241144633 | details & prices | 272 pages | List price $31.25
About: When Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer's block, receives a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs Merrill Unger, with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son's, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story.
from McClelland & Stewart Ltd (November 3, 2009); titled "Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta"
9780771085376 | details & prices | List price $29.99
About: Paul Theroux returns to India with a stylish and gripping novel of crime and obsession in Calcutta.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780547394497
 
Reprint edition from Mariner Books (January 13, 2011)
9780547394497 | details & prices | 279 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: When Jerry Delfont, an aimless travel writer with writer’s block (his “dead hand”), receives a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs.
Miscellaneous
from Houghton Mifflin (January 13, 2011)
9780547488714 | details & prices | List price $26.00

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