The American (Previously Published as 'A Very Private Gentleman')

Martin Booth

Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2010
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Synopsis: The upcoming film starring George Clooney, opening September 1, 2010, is based on this thrilling novel of psychological suspense.

The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla -- Mr. Butterfly -- for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous mornings spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafes, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman's life: Clara, the young student who moonlights in the town bordello, and another woman, who arrives with one hundred thousand dollars and a commission but not for a painting of butterflies. With this assignment returns the dark fear that has dogged Signor Farfalla s mysterious life. Almost instantly, he senses a deadly circle closing in on him, one which he may or may not elude. Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

From the Back Cover: "Crisp yet lyrical, simple yet intelligent...haunting, shocking, and tense."--Booklist

The locals in the Italian village where he lives call him Signor Farfalla--Mr. Butterfly--for he appears to be a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. But as inconspicuous as Farfalla tries to make himself, his real profession is deadly, unbeknownst to the sometime brothel worker, Clara, with whom he sleeps.
Of a certain age, and as his feelings for Clara intensify, Farfalla has resolved to make his next job his last--all the while sensing a treacherous circle closing in on him.

Martin Booth, novelist, critic, biographer, children's author and social historian, died this year in Devon, England. His novel Islands of Silence was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010
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