It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
This year’s nominees most certainly gave a tough competition , One of the shortlisted books was by a well known Indian origin author- Jhumpa Lahiri,
The other nominees –
*A Tale for the Time Being
*The Testament of Mary
*We Need New Names