Very Private Gentleman, ABooth, Martin
As suggested by its title, this story involves a gentleman who really values his privacy. He has good reason to; his passion for painting rare butterflies disguises his true occupation of producing designer guns for assassins. As he makes plans to retire, his past is set to catch up with him, shattering the peace of the Italian village that he has made his home. With a likeable anti-hero, clever build-up of tension and its beautiful descriptions of the countryside, this well crafted novel with challenge and delight the reader with its deceptions and moral conundrums. Also published as 'The American'.
Comments from GroupsA beautifully written book, but strangely chilling. The main character is interesting and completely unlikeable... a book worth reading if only for the excellent prose. Hamilton 029 This book generated one of our best discussions yet. A sophisticated sort of who dunnit. Beautiful writing, we all wanted to visit the village in Italy - despite the assassin visitor. Nelson 044 Fantastic author, great complex story - very vivid and descriptive. Enjoyed by all. Timaru 016 Mixed reaction, most enjoyed, but there were reservations about the main character. We are keen to see the film, even though no one could see George Clooney in the main role! Stimulated a good discussion about morality, nationality and motivations. Nelson 015 We were divided, those who finished the book enjoyed it, some found it took a while for the story to get going. New Plymouth 014