Set in the author's native Guyana, this is the story of Galton Flood, a young man who grows up under enormous psychological and cultural burdens. Overpowered by his mother and too worshipful of his older brother and father, Galton struggles for his independence. He leaves his hometown, the city of Georgetown, for the remote townships of Wismar and Mackenzie to make a life of his own. There, he meets Gemma, a woman who fascinates him and whom he eventually marries. Then secrets in her past emerge, and Galton again begins to feel trapped. Multi-racial conflicts, disintegrating tenements, and rain-washed waterfronts provide a haunting backdrop to Galton's increasing frustration. Finally, he commits a murder, which is, for him, an act of protest and liberation.
But this climax, foretold by the title, is not the whole story -- which arrives at quite a different, and surprising conclusion.
Impossible to put down, impossible to forget, The Murderer is at once a stunning portrait of "a character who might have been created by Dostoevsky" (Spectator) and an immersion into the unsettling world of colonial Guyana.
This hardback is new. The dustcover has very minor edge wear.