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A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date January 13, 2011
Pages 279
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780547394497
ISBN-10 0547394497
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
When Jerry Delfont, an aimless travel writer with writer’s block (his “dead hand”), 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 intrigued. Who is the dead boy, found on the floor of a cheap hotel room? How and why did he die? And what is Jerry to make of a patch of carpet, and a package containing a human hand?

He 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 woman’s motives and the exact nature of her philanthropy. Without much to go on, Jerry pursues answers from the teeming streets of Calcutta to Uttar Pradesh. It is a dark and twisted trail of obsession and need.
Beautifully written, A Dead Hand demonstrates the powerful evocation of place and character that has made Paul Theroux one of the most perceptive and engaging writers today.


Editions
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.
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
 
The price comparison is for this edition
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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