John Boyne has been heralded as "one of the most imaginative and
adventurous of the young Irish novelists working today" by the
"Irish Independent." He achieved bestseller status and won numerous
awards worldwide for "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. " Now in
"Next of Kin, " he steps into the drawing rooms and private clubs
of the prewar English aristocracy to offer an unobstructed view of
a social elite driven by the conflicting desires to uphold
tradition and to acquire vast wealth.
It is 1936, and London is abuzz with gossip about the affair
between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. But the king is not the only
member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen
Montignac, the handsome and charismatic scion of a wealthy family,
is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will, for
Owen has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy
has given him a choice: Find 50,000 pounds by Christmas or find
yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been
cut out of the will in favor of his cousin Stella, he finds that
even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit, and for
"Next of Kin "vividly captures the spirit of 1930s London,
revealing the secrets of the upperclass, complete with gambling,
murder, an art heist, and a conspiracy to unseat the new king that
could change the future of the country.
Thomas Dunne Books
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