By Paul Theroux
whilst Jerry Delfont, an aimless, blocked trip author, gets a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs. Merrill Unger, he's intrigued. She informs him a few scandal, regarding an Indian good friend of her son’s. who's the useless boy, chanced on at the ground of an inexpensive inn room? How and why did he die? and what's Jerry to make of a patch of carpet, and a package deal containing a human hand?
Jerry is quickly captivated by way of the gorgeous, mysterious Mrs. Unger—and revived via her tantric massages—but the conditions surrounding the useless boy reason him more and more to doubt the woman’s reasons and the precise nature of her philanthropy. with no a lot to head on, Jerry pursues solutions from the teeming streets of Calcutta to Uttar Pradesh. it's a darkish and twisted path of obsession and need.
From the writer of The nice Railway Bazaar, A useless Hand is deals “an abundance of richly drawn characters . . . Theroux has used his go back and forth writer’s eye and ear and his novelist’s mind's eye to craft a demanding, demanding, humorous and scary publication round them all” (San Francisco Chronicle).
“The genuine excitement is Theroux’s expertise for rendering position and his irreverent reviews on every little thing from the British royals to popular culture, getting older, and definite, the venerable mom Teresa.” —Publishers Weekly
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A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux