Luciano Hernando Valdez is his Latin American nation's most celebrated novelist and he's suffering from writer's block. So far his latest great work comprises the words "The scrawny yellow cat crossed the road". He's tried all his usual tricks to get back on track – he's had a few debates with his trusty colleagues at the university, he's had an affair with the banker's wife, nothing will work. Until he meets Caterina. Beautiful, young and one of his biggest fans, she has idolised him since she was a child and he has inspired her to write. Convinced that falling in love with her, spending every minute he can alongside her, moulding her to his world, will unlock something and enable him to write, he pursues her and soon enough, he falls headlong into her arms.
But it's only a matter of time before he murders her.
About The Author
After a brief stint as a lumberjack, Andrew Nicoll has spent his working life as a journalist. He has had short stories published in New Writing Scotland and other magazines. His first novel, The Good Mayor won the Saltire First Book Award and has been translated into 20 languages. He is 45 years old and married with three children
'It's a deft romance, an exercise in camp, and a fable about male pride and its pitfalls ... very readable' The Guardian. 'Elegant, wise, ironic - a gripping and impressive piece of work' Times Literary Supplement. 'There is much to admire about the way Nicoll takes this standard line-up of South American types and fleshes it out ... Short chapters become shorter still as the tension mounts towards a denouement that the first sentence of the book has already announced. It takes confidence to remove this potential element of suspense but the decision pays off ... the pages turn quickly, the plot thickens and rises, and when the book is finally put down, there is little to stop you looking forward to Nicoll's next one' Scottish Review of Books. 'The best Scottish novel I read this year' The Scotsman. 'With The Love and Death of Caterina, Andrew Nicoll triumphantly cleared the second novel hurdle ... there are moments reminiscent of Graham Greene' The Glasgow Herald.
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th April 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.476