"A narrative pace that never flags, a solid cast of characters, a vividly imagined recreation of period" (The Irish Times)
From the Back Cover
1936: 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 descendent of a wealthy land-owning 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 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under.
So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favour of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove just how cunning he can be... And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder...
About the Author
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of seven novels and two children's books, including the international bestsellers Mutiny on the Bounty, The House of Special Purpose and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a Miramax feature film. His books are published in over forty languages. He lives and writes in Dublin.
For more information on John Boyne and his books, see his website at www.johnboyne.com