Lord John and the Private Matter: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 30, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.
 

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a good side book to the outlander series

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This book is a wonderful side trip into the activities of Lord John Grey. It isnt one of the outlander books but is well written and gives additional insight into one of the unforgettable characters of the Outlander series. Read full review

Review: Lord John and the Private Matter (Lord John Grey #1)

User Review  - Andra - Goodreads

First let me say that this is my favorite author. Her main series, Outlander, has been read by me more than Harry Potter (and that's saying something). She has an amazingly creative, witty style of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
39
Section 4
66
Section 5
80
Section 6
101
Section 7
107
Section 8
117
Section 11
154
Section 12
170
Section 13
192
Section 14
209
Section 15
230
Section 16
236
Section 17
284
Section 18
294

Section 9
130
Section 10
148
Section 19
303
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About the author (2003)

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

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