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The Hamilton Case Sam Obeysekere, an unlikable, emotionally shut-down Ceylonese lawyer, seems incapable of connecting with his plodding wife, his narcissistic mother,...The Hamilton CaseMystery and Thriller, Fiction Sam Obeysekere, an unlikable, emotionally shut-down Ceylonese lawyer, seems incapable of connecting with his plodding wife, his narcissistic mother,...2004-05-21
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The Hamilton Case

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Fiction; Author: Michelle de Kretser

Sam Obeysekere, an unlikable, emotionally shut-down Ceylonese lawyer, seems incapable of connecting with his plodding wife, his narcissistic mother, or his colleagues. Presented with an unsolved murder, Obeysekere, who feels the world has failed to recognize his worth, attacks the case with a zealous pompousness that leads to inevitable hubris. De Kretser’s sparkling language is balanced beautifully against Obeysekere’s flatness of character – months in the mother’s life are ”marbled with lunacy”; another character is a ”round guava of a woman, thick-waisted and blunt-nosed” – so it is easy to overlook pacing that is too languid for a novel that masquerades as a mystery.

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