A Very Private Gentleman is a novel written by British author Martin Booth, published in It is a tragedy following events in the life of a gunsmith who sells his services to assassins. The style is also partly in the form of classic confessional writing, as the protagonist seeks to explain the relevance of his choice of vocation. A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel Paperback – January 13, 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. A Very Private Gentleman[ A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN ] By. A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel [Martin Booth] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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.
A Very Private Gentleman has ratings and reviews. Tfitoby said: Mister Butterfly is the eponymous Very Private Gentleman, and this, despite bei. 1 Jan Booth's brilliantly creepy psychological suspense novel follows a so-called " shadow-dweller" (a technical weapons expert who creates and supplies the tools for high-level assassins) to a rural village in southern Italy where he poses as " Signor Farfalla," a quiet artist who paints miniatures of butterflies and. 20 May He has a lovely apartment overlooking a totally agreeable town somewhere in the Italian mountains, convenient to the autostrada and to Rome, but utterly private. He has the love of a very sweet young whore working her way through college and access to another when he's feeling extra companionable.
13 Feb Booth's fiction continues and reinvigorates a tradition - Buchanesque might be the word if the settings, values and dates were not so different - of well-made, well-documented storytelling in which the detail is grippingly authentic: take the small arms in A Very Private Gentleman (), or the pre-first world. A Very Private Gentleman is known to the residents of a quaint southern Italian village as Signor Farfalla, Mr. Butterfly, a genteel Englishman who's career appears to be traveling the world to paint butterflies. What the locals don't know is that Signor Farfalla really makes weapons for assassins. While his own rationalization. 29 Feb In his new novel, "A Very Private Gentleman," acclaimed author Martin Booth returns to the loner-protagonist type he has so successfully characterized in past books. The story is narrated by a man who has come to an Italian mountain village for a stay of some length. The locals call him Signor Farfalla, Mr.