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Next of Kin

A Novel

by John Boyne

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Next of Kin by John Boyne
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  • Published Feb 2008
    352 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Next of Kin 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 murder.

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"The occasional anachronism jars ("plastic chairs" in a prison visitors area), but fans of Jacqueline Winspear and David Roberts will be well rewarded." - Publishers Weekly.

"A narrative pace that never flags for an instant, a solid cast of characters, a vividly imagined recreation of a particular historical moment...if thrillers are to work they must be thrilling. And this is where Boyne scores highest of all." - The Irish Times.

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John Boyne Author Biography

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John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy In the Striped Pajamas sold 9 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. John has won three Irish Book Awards and many other international literary awards and his novels are published in over 50 languages. He lives in Dublin.

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