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The Murderer (Paperback)

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'A beautiful writer and an unforgettable book' Salman Rushdie



'Chilling and tense and deeply original' Colm Toibin and Carmen Callil



'For me life hasn't got dreams, success and all that damn nonsense. Life is full of shadows: some of them soft and others conceal a hammer.'



Galton Flood is a lonely man. Ill at ease with his family, he leaves his home in Guyana's capital, Georgetown, for the remote township of Linden, where he moves through a string of precarious jobs, from diamond mining to cutting logs. Meeting Gemma, his landlord's daughter, appears to offer a first chance at meaningful connection. Yet Galton cannot escape his past, and begins a fatal descent into jealousy, paranoia and ultimately violence. What happens when we reach our lowest, and keep falling?



With this haunting portrait of a mind unravelling, celebrated Guyanese writer Roy Heath evocatively recreates the country of his youth: its rivers, townships and tenement yards, and the tensions shimmering below the surface of a community.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 05/05/2022 ISBN-13: 9780241552728  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Roy Heath (1926-2008) grew up in Guyana, and moved to Britain in his twenties. He trained as a lawyer and was called to the bar in both Britain and Guyana, but worked instead as a writer and a secondary school teacher in London. The Murderer, his second novel, won the Guardian Fiction Prize when it was published in 1978. His subsequent works include the Armstrong trilogy - made up of From the Heat of the Day, One Generation and Genetha - and The Shadow Bride, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Though Heath spent most of his life in Britain, all of his fiction was set in Guyana.

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