The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
A Novel

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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.

About Michelle de Kretser

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Michelle de Kretser is a Sri Lankan who has lived in Australia since 1972. She is also the author or the novels The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, and The Lost Dog.
Published September 3, 2007 by Back Bay Books. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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De Kretser's accomplished second novel (after 2000's The Rose Grower ), set in the author's native Sri Lanka in the years before its independence in 1948, is as much a haunting character study as it is an elusive murder mystery and a deep exploration of colonialism.

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Sam Obeysekere, an unlikable, emotionally shut-down Ceylonese lawyer, seems incapable of connecting with his plodding wife, his narcissistic mother, or his colleagues.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Mysteries suffuse de Kretser’s second novel, which interweaves crime, politics, family, and the pretenses of personality in 1948 colonial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

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ABC Perth

At times, the reader has to stop and check the wall for mould, so cleverly does she evoke the lush, steamy tropical decay of Ceylon in the 1930's.

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