A Dead Hand

A Dead Hand

by Paul Theroux

Arlene Almas: Travel writer Jerry Belfont has been in Calcutta giving lectures at the invitation of the American consulate when he receives an unexpected request from a stranger, an American woman named Mrs. Merrill Unger. The favor she wants of him is to investigate a mystery involving her son Charlie's friend Rajat. As the novel unfolds, Jerry learns more about the seemingly unknowable Mrs. Unger; the narrative moves from detailed descriptions of Calcutta to erotic scenes of Mrs. Unger introducing Jerry to the intricacies of tantric massage. The book ends with a twist which definitely surprised me. It's a somewhat unusual story, but I enjoyed it.
Rating: ****

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