It was around four in the morning in a packed pulsating club in Istanbul, when I caught Lucien’s eye. The name of the club was 2019, as in the year, I’m pretty sure – “Twenty-nineteen” was what people called it. He and I were dancing with the exquisite Azine, his Turkish ex-girlfriend – light brown hair, golden skin, stylish, the epitome of elegant femininity. We all moved loosely, sweat-drenched, Lucien in that whirling psychedelic dervish way of his. I was more or less in a transcendent state, one of those all too rare moments when the pure act of dancing makes you high, or higher, and fills you with euphoria.
I caught his eye and shouted above the blasting techno-soul, “I’m alive!” He nodded and grinned his grin. He knew.
- 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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