400 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.9 in
October 26, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385660235
ISBN - 13: 9780385660235
Read from the Book
Chapter OneWhen First We Practice to DeceiveLondon, June 1757The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, a Gentlemen's ClubIt was the sort of thing one hopes momentarily that one has not really seen—because life would be so much more convenient if one hadn't.The thing was scarcely shocking in itself; Lord John Grey had seen worse, could see worse now, merely by stepping out of the Beefsteak into the street. The flower girl who'd sold him a bunch of violets on his way into the club had had a half-healed gash on the back of her hand, crusted and oozing. The doorman, a veteran of the Americas, had a livid tomahawk scar that ran from hairline to jaw, bisecting the socket of a blinded eye. By contrast, the sore on the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan's privy member was quite small. Almost discreet."Not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a door," Grey muttered to himself. "But it will suffice. Damn it."He emerged from behind the Chinese screen, lifting the violets to his nose. Their sweetness was no match for the pungent scent that followed him from the piss-pots. It was early June, and the Beefsteak, like every other establishment in London, reeked of beer and asparagus-pee.Trevelyan had left the privacy of the Chinese screen before Lord John, unaware of the latter's discovery. The Honorable Joseph stood across the dining room now, deep in conversation with Lord Hanley and Mr. Pitt, the very picture of taste and sober elegance. Shallow in the chest, Grey thought uncharitab
From the Publisher
SPECIAL FOR THIS EDITION:
The Return of Jamie & Claire -- a sneak preview of the next Outlander novel!
Plus the short story Lord John and the Hell-fire Club.
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.
From the Jacket
“Gabaldon’s prose is crisply elegant. . . . A compelling narrative that also offers a wealth of juicy details about 18th-century London.”
“Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side. . . . A compelling and unique period mystery for the author's legions of fans.”
“[Lord John] Grey makes a wonderful centre for the book. . . . The storyline as always is intriguing, packed with action, with all ends being securely fastened by the end of the story.”
—The London Free Press (ON)
“The story she’s telling has you completely caught up.”
—The Globe and Mail
Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”
“Riveting . . . Gabaldon has a storyteller’s voice.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“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 legions of fans.” Kirkus Reviews
“[Lord John] Grey makes a wonderful centre for the book. . . . The storyline as always is intriguing, packed with action, with all ends being securely fastened by the end of the story.” The London Free Press
“The story she’s telling has you completely caught up.” The Globe and Mail