A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud, Oxford-educated lawyer who unwittingly seals his own professional fate when he dares to solve the sensational Hamilton murder case that has rocked the upper echelons of local society. A young woman who retreats from her family and the world after her infant brother is found suffocated in his crib. These are among the linked lives compellingly portrayed in a novel everywhere hailed for its dazzling grace and savage wit - a spellbinding tale of family and duty, of legacy and identity, a novel that brilliantly probes the ultimate mystery of what makes us who we are.
When Sam Obeysekere returns to his native Ceylon with a law degree from Oxford, hoping to make a name for himself in the colonial government, he finds that his barrister father has died, his sister has been forced into a loveless marriage with a notorious womanizer, and his mother is impoverished. Eventually, the police investigation of a local scandal--the murder of an English tea planter (known as the Hamilton case)--is at a dead end, until Sam provides a suspect: another Englishman. For his pains, Sam finds his ambition thwarted to advance in the colonial government he has so assiduously cultivated. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.
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- Mystery + Crime, Psychology, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Politics, Work + the Workplace, Family + Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior
- April 11, 2005
- April 11, 2005
- Michelle De Kretser