WHAT IF YOU COULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE?
The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez is Lou Gilmond’s stunning debut literary mystery novel. It’s 1960’s Mallorca and Thomas Sebastian is an English conman on the run. Hoping to evade his creditors, he’s taken an old Spanish finca as his hideout. He discovers the house untouched since the death of its last owner, the renowned and distinguished Senyor Rodriguez – with fine art on the walls, a library of books and cellar full of wine. Thomas slips easily into his new life – walking, reading and drinking; falling in love with his neighbour, the beautiful but impossibly young Isabella Ferretti. But when he puts on Rodriguez’ white linen suit and heads into the city, things get a little out of hand…
This literary mystery novel is a riotous tale of excess, desire and greed, set in a sultry Spanish island summer of 1964. Lou Gilmond’s prose at times crackles with wit and at others is stomach-heavy with sensuality. Through it all, Thomas is thrilling if feverish company.
‘I can still remember seeing Ca’n Mola that first time. It was Isabella who pointed it out. She was standing by her pool with a Bellini in one hand and the sound of the sea was echoing on the wall behind us. Suddenly I saw it, the house of the late Senyor Rodriguez. It was wedged into the hillside a hundred yards further up.
In front of the house was an olive tree with a little stone wall around it, and there looked to be a couple of outbuildings or casitas to the side. The estate was surrounded by an orchard of almond trees, from the edge of the cliff, up around both sides of the house and over to the top of the hill.’
This is Lou Gilmond’s debut novel.