Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Gabaldon's prose is crisply elegant...a compelling narrative that also offers a wealth of juicy details about 18th-century London." Publishers Weekly
"Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side...A compelling and unique period mystery for the author's legion of fans." Kirkus Reviews
"Gabaldon's lively prose and gift for historical details make this an enjoyable read. Fans of Lord John will appreciate learning more about his past." Library Journal
Here is the first of a captivating new trilogy featuring Lord John Grey, one of the most fascinating and engaging characters to emerge from Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander saga. Returned from Scottish exile in 1757, Lord John pursues a traitor a business complicated by a family affair of the utmost delicacy, and by his own memories of the Jacobite Rising...and of James Fraser. But Grey is a soldier; honor and duty are his companions on an adventure that leads him through the brothels and the molly-walks of London, and onto the seas ruled by the powerful East India Company a company that guards its secrets well. With her unerring eye for detail, her masterful command of language, and her unequaled skills as a storyteller, Diana Gabaldon once again brings history vividly to life.
To the delight of her many fans, Gabaldon presents the first of a captivating new trilogy featuring Lord John Grey, one of the most fascinating and engaging characters to emerge from her bestselling Outlander saga.
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.