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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409044673
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

The American




A haunting psychological suspense novel, now re-released to tie in to the major new film starring George Clooney

The locals in the Italian village where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly. He is a discreet gentleman who spends his time quietly painting rare butterflies. He has few friends and is constantly on the move. But as inconspicuous as Farfalla tries to make himself, his real profession is deadly. He considers himself an artisan, not for the butterflies he paints but for the guns he creates for assassins. He sees nothing wrong with what he does and feels he has helped shape history. Farfalla is getting older and has resolved to make his next job his last. Then, perhaps, he can settle down comfortably in the Italian village he has grown to love and enjoy the remainder of his life without constantly looking over his shoulder. But a treacherous circle is closing in on him...

  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409044673
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Martin Booth

An internationally known and admired writer and biographer, Martin Booth was also an acclaimed novelist - his THE INDUSTRY OF SOULS having been shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize. His penultimate book was CANNABIS: A HISTORY, and he died in February 2004 shortly after completing GWEILO.

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Praise for The American

Crisp yet lyrical, simple yet intelligent...haunting, shocking, and tense...Readers looking for thought-provoking literary fiction can't do any better than this

Booklist

A psychological suspense thriller invested with life-and-death gravitas

Seattle Times

With Farfalla, Booth has a created a rich, conflicted antihero whose clever rationalizations mask a soul weary with self-doubt

Boston Globe

The lazy, languid setting is an eerily effective backdrop for the fresh and beguiling murder intrigue...With first-rate characters and a gradual buildup of suspense, Booth constructs a focused, tightly written novel

Publishers Weekly

A psychological suspense thriller invested with life-and-death gravitas

Seattle Times

Booth's prose exhibits such a nicely pointed clarity that it would be all too easy to devour this beguiling story and to take for granted its artful construction, its sparkle, its vivid conjuring of character and landscape

Sunday Times

There are echoes of Nabokov in this in this tense and poetic mystery

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