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Mortmain, Paperback Book

Mortmain Paperback


This is a novel of small-town life. In Castletown, New Zealand, the stifling culture of 'the correct way to behave' crushes the unorthodox like a dead hand.

Needless to say, just under the surface there is a tumult of rebellion.

Which of the inhabitants of Castletown will escape, find self-expression, fulfill their dreams?

Who is tormented by guilty secrets beneath a blanket of respectability?

Who is murdering red-haired girls?The narrative is driven by the stories of three families: the snobbish, long-established lawyers; the eccentric impoverished aristocrats; and the Maoris who live outside the town.

Each family is dominated by a stern patriarch, and once a week the patriarchs meet to play three-handed chess.

Their children and grandchildren, meanwhile, begin to recognize that this structured, ordered world is rotten at its core ...


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