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
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