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It's 1758 and Europe is in turmoil - the Seven Years War is taking hold and London is ripe with deceit. The enigmatic Lord John Grey, a nobleman and high-ranking officer in His Majesty's Army, pursues a clandestine love affair and a deadly family secret. Grey's father, the Duke of Pardloe, shot himself just days before he was to be accused of being a Jacobite traitor. Now, seventeen years on, the family name has been redeemed; but an impending marriage revives the scandal. Lord John knows that as Whitehall whispers, rumours all too often lead their victims to the wails of Newgate prison - and to the gallows.From barracks and parade-grounds to the bloody battlefields of Prussia, Grey faces danger and forbidden passions in his search for the truth. But it is in the stony fells of the Lake District that he finds the man who may hold the key to his quest: the enigmatic Jacobite prisoner Jamie Fraser. Eighteenth-century Europe is brought startlingly to life in this compelling adventure mystery.
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The breathtaking new novel from Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon

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DIANA GABALDON is the international bestselling author of Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes as well as Lord John and the Private Matter and one work of non-fiction, Through the Stones. She lives with her family and a lot of other assorted wildlife in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Lord John Grey first appeared in New York Times best-selling author Gabaldon's ongoing, multivolume time travel/fantasy/-romance "Outlander" series. In this work, it is 1758, and Lord John's widowed mother is about to remarry. He and his older brother, Hal, meet with the bridegroom and his stepson, Percy Wainwright. Lord John realizes he has met the stepson before at a homosexual brothel. Percy is interested in joining the army and is persuaded to buy into Lord John's regiment, as was common practice at that time. They are off to fight in Prussia as part of the Seven Years' War, a global conflict of which the French and Indian War was a small part. Lord John is wounded and returns to England, where he begins to suspect that a series of street attacks might be related to his father's questionable suicide. How Lord John remains mostly in the closet yet pursues his sexual and other interests in an impeccable 18th-century melodrama makes for "don't-want-to-stop" listening! Actor Jeff Woodman brings an experience of dialects and accents to this novel. The English shadings he employs can fool the American ear into believing he was born near London. Listeners will appreciate that each CD begins and ends with an announcement indicating the number of each CD in the book, so accidental mix-ups can be avoided. Recommended for libraries with historic mystery collections.-David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Lafayette Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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