Castro's Dream Paperback – 6 May 2004
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'This excellent debut novel hints at the skill of past masters of the thriller genre such as Chandler and Leonard,' The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Castro's Dream by Lucy Wadham is full of sustained menace, of reluctant yet addictive relationships, and of the struggle of the Basque separatists - a story of love and the forces that are its undoing.See all Product Description
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Astrid and Lola Arnaga are Basques (in fact, they're both half Scots, half Basque) living in exile in Paris. Astrid is a top transplant surgeon, involved in an unhappy affair with a married senior doctor. Lola is a dancer and dance teacher. As the story opens, both sisters are waiting anxiously for the release of Mikel, a Basque terrorist gaoled nearly twenty years previously, and Lola's former boyfriend. Lola is imagining that she and Mikel can begin their lives together afresh, and have another chance. Astrid (who went to prison in Lola's place to save her being gaoled for her association with Mikel) is trying to share Lola's joy but is in fact anxious. Mikel has been writing to her from prison, and she knows that not only has he come to regard his past work as an activist with disgust, but that he has begun to develop a strange passion for her. While Lola heads off to the Basque country to meet Mikel, Astrid stays in Paris. But she soon realizes that Mikel may come to join her there, and decides to hurry to the South to try to head him off. On her way she meets Khader, a teenage French-Arab runaway, with whom she forms a strange and close bond. Meanwhile Mikel, released from prison, is dreaming of a simple life with a cottage and a dog, and of finding Astrid - he has no desire to see Lola again. And Mikel's former associates, particularly the traitor Txema, are hunting for Mikel, terrified that he might let out some of their secrets...Read more ›