Includes a sneak preview of the next Outlander""novel, An Echo in the Bone." "Adored bestselling author Diana Gabaldon brings us the first book in a new trilogy featuring many of the characters from her wildly popular Outlander""series. In her "New York Times "bestselling Outlander""novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a ...
Includes a sneak preview of the next Outlander""novel, An Echo in the Bone." "Adored bestselling author Diana Gabaldon brings us the first book in a new trilogy featuring many of the characters from her wildly popular Outlander""series. In her "New York Times "bestselling Outlander""novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure -- a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world -- eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents -- and life is good for a soldier. The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London's Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty's Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor. Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society -- and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London's night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything -- or nothing. The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.
Great reads. Gabaldon is a great author exciting stories and wonderful research
Dec 20, 2012
something different from gabaldon
Having read all the books in her series about James and Clare, I was not expecting what I found in this book. She is an excellent writer but her subject was a bit sleazy. I would recommend the book, but it is not for everyone!
Apr 1, 2010
I enjoy Diana's writings as they have so much history ribboned in them. Sometimes she runs on a bit and I find in hard to understand unless I have a dictionary and her handbook close at hand,but I thoroughly enjoy everything she writes.
Feb 11, 2008
Not the spectacular work you may have come to expect from Ms Gabaldon, but compared to what else is out there in historical fiction it is certainly good and entertaining if not mesmerizing,romantic or cult inspiring like her Outlander series. There is too little thrillers and mysteries out there and far too many dippy, pornographic historical romance novels. So, all in all, I'm glad this helps tip the balance. Worth reading.
Sep 10, 2007
Excellent "Short Story"
Throughly recommended for both the die-hard Gabaldon and the curious new comer, this book is not a part of the Outlander series per se, but takes place in the same time frame and involves some of the same characters. Familiarity with the Outlander series is not necessary to understand or enjoy the plot of the book, which revolves around an incident outside of the main Outlander narrative. This novel may be viewed as somewhat spoilerish for Voyager, as is set chronologically during or after the events of that tome. This engaging novel revolves around a (relatively) minor character in the Outlander series, but far goes far beyond the short story/character study it was originally conceived to be. The change in Gabaldon's narrative voice from the Outlander novels is impressive and enjoyable; Lord John's adorable fussiness is a delightful departure from Claire's dry practicality. The story is a tightly wound tale of suspense, convoluted, unpredictable, but never tedious. Overly verbose at times, perhaps, but that tends to be a hallmark of Gabaldon's writing.
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