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A Dead Hand

(2009)
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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"The most gifted, the most prodigal writer of his generation." - Jonathan Raban


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November 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-241-14463-9 / 978-0-241-14463-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-547-26024-5 / 978-0-547-26024-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade
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November 2009 : Canada Hardback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-7710-8537-0 / 978-0-7710-8537-6 (Canada edition)
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January 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-547-39449-7 / 978-0-547-39449-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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November 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: A Dead Hand
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-7710-8542-7 / 978-0-7710-8542-0 (Canada edition)
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-14-104416-0 / 978-0-14-104416-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 0-241-14474-4 / 978-0-241-14474-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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August 2010 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Dead Hand
Author(s): Paul Theroux
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Dead Hand
Author(s): Paul Theroux
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
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May 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Dead Hand
Author(s): Paul Theroux
ISBN: 1-4074-4917-6 / 978-1-4074-4917-3 (UK edition)
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September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
Publisher: Penguin
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November 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta
Author(s): Paul Theroux
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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