At the heart of Joseph O’Neill’s beautifully written new novel, Netherland, lies a mystery that remains unresolved at the end of the book: Who killed Chuck Ramkissoon, a Trinidadian cricketer who in the first chapter turns up dead in the Gowanus Canal? But is the mystery really unresolved? Is Netherland an oddly unfinished tale? Or is it a bold exercise in the unreliable narration that also drove Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent? An analysis of the evidence in Netherland www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307377043 will appear soon on One-Minute Book Reviews.
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