I was forty-one when Lucien and I were in Istanbul. He was twenty-six. We’d met and become friends two years earlier. Yeah, I know, it’s weird – a guy in his early forties regularly hanging out with a guy in his mid-twenties.
Why did I have such a friendship? Well, to some extent, for the normal reasons that people are friends – they like each other, have common interests, et cetera – but I also have to admit it had a fair amount to do with the fact that for the first twenty-nine years of my life, I didn’t remotely have the life I wanted. The palpable wrongness of how those years felt left a gaping hole inside my person, a more or less constant insatiable want. And when Lucien came along, I was very likely drawn to the chance he gave me to unexpectedly and belatedly have the late twenties I wished I’d had.
- from Lucien and I (being released in autumn 2014)
How far would you go to add excitement to a life you felt was boring and meaningless?
For seventy-three-year-old Jaime, the answer takes him by surprise. Accustomed to a lonely life high up in the mountains on the western coast of Mallorca, his dull routine is suddenly shattered when a man parachutes from a plane and lands nearby. The plane crashes; the man lives.
It’s a drug smuggling operation gone bad. But Stefan, the man from the sky, has escaped with eight kilos of cocaine in a gym bag. Jaime brings Stefan home and is soon entangled in Stefan’s attempts to sell the cocaine and start a new life.
As they dodge Parisian drug dealers and corrupt Mallorcan police, Jaime’s search for excitement and Stefan’s resolve to find stability lead them both down dangerous paths.
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Genre - Literary Fiction, Adventure
Rating – PG-13
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