Anyone read this already? Is it worth buying?
"A black novel, about football but sentimental. What’s more, it’s well written". This is how Arturo Pérez-Reverte has described "Las Cuatro Torres" (The Four Towers), the first book written by Leandro Pérez, set at the time of Mourinho’s Real Madrid.
At the centre of the novel is Juan Torca, a solitary figure staying at a hotel in Madrid’s Gran Via and who goes running every day in the nearby Retiro park. Everything changes when he meets his friend Javier Marsé in one of the Four Towers. Things get even more complicated when he crosses paths with Nerea, a young hotel receptionist and Adriana, Marsé’s wife.
In the autumn of 2011 Real Madrid is under the orders of José Mourinho, who is leading his team to victory after victory on the pitches but is losing a very important game off them: “You have to find out who the bloody snitch is that is telling Ramón Ribeyro all that is going on in the Real Madrid dressing room”, Marsé instructs his friend.
"I’m a Viking through and through", avows Leandro Pérez, "and I hope that you like it. It hasn’t been written with anyone in mind – not Florentino nor Cristiano Ronaldo nor Mourinho. It’s not having a go at anyone."