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A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date February 11, 2010
Pages 279
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780547260242
ISBN-10 0547260245
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
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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. Then he receives a mysterious letter asking for his help. The story it tells is disturbing: A dead boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel, a seemingly innocent man in flight and fearing for reputation as well as his life.

Before long, Delfont finds himself lured into the company of the letter's author, the wealthy and charming Merrill Unger, and is intrigued enough to pursue both the mystery and the woman. A devotee of the goddess Kali, Unger introduces Delfont to a strange underworld where tantric sex and religious fervor lead to obsession, philanthropy and exploitation walk hand in hand, and, unless he can act in time, violence against the most vulnerable in society goes unnoticed and unpunished.

An atmospheric and masterful thriller from "the most gifted, the most prodigal writer of his generation" (Jonathan Raban).



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780241144633 Book cover for 9780547260242 Book cover for 9780771085376
 
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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.
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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