Paul Theroux returns to India with a stylish and gripping novel of crime and obsession in Calcutta. InA Dead Hand, Paul Theroux brings to dramatic life a dark and twisted narrative of obsession and need. When Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer's block, receives a letter from a captivating and seductive American philanthropist with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son's, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story. Who is the boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel room, how and why did he die -- what is it that pulls Delfont into this story, and will he ever find the truth about what happened? From the Hardcover edition.