Summary

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. Jerry is swiftly captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Mrs Unger, but the circumstances surrounding the scandal cause him to doubt the exact nature of her philanthropy.
©2009 Paul Theroux (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By GC on 01-10-10

Not Really A Crime Novel

Beware! This is not really a crime novel. True, a young boy is found murdered in a seedy Calcutta hotel, but the novel is really about the relationship that develops between Jerry Delfont, a hack writer suffering from writer's block, and the mysterious Mrs Unger the woman who hires him to solve the crime, and, needless to say, is not all that she seems.

Paul Theroux is a great writer, both of fiction and travel literature, but this isn't one of his best books.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 20-09-10

A disappointment

I was really disappointed with this book. I struggled through the first chapters waiting for something more interesting to happen....but it never did!!

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