From the New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes John Boyne's Next of Kin
It is 1936, and London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between King Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic scion of a wealthy family, is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will. He must pay £50,000 worth of gambling debts by Christmas or he'll soon find himself six feet under. In his desperation, he discovers that the royal scandal could provide the means for profit . . . and for murder.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
John Boyne is the author of Crippen, The Thief of Time, and the New York Times and internationally bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Boyne won two Irish Book Awards for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives with his partner in Dublin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Esteemed lawyer's son is framed to relieve the anti-hero of debts he incurred waiting for an inheritance that never came.
This is quite a different voice to Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In fact it's unsympathetic central character Owen Montignac is pretty repugnant. He was quite a hard barrier to overcome and really I didn't quite enjoy this story. I found it quite unsatisfying and unengaging, unsatisfying enough that I actually nearly didn't finish it. Owen is expecting to inherit the family estate from his uncle, something he needs in order to fix some gambling debts he has. However his cousin Stella gets it and he's not sure what to do. Opportunity knocks, and it brings him down a path of murder and other crimes.It could have really appealed to me as I'm a fan of this period, the interwar period, and this did have some interesting parallels drawn with the King and Mrs Simpson, and it did have an interesting look at upper middle class lawyers and their life-assumptions but overall it just didn't work for me. I was glad when I was finished but a little deflated by the whole thing.
In 1936, Hitler is becoming the rage on the continent in England, the public affair between King Edward VIII and the commoner widow Mrs. Simpson holds the public¿s attention, but not Owen Montignac. Instead he believes his prayers have been answered with the timely death of his wealthy Uncle Peter. Owen owes £50,000 to casino boss Nicholas Delfy that must be paid in full by Christmas or he will spend the New Year and beyond with his deceased relative. However, to his dismay Owen learns his prayers went unanswered as dear Uncle Peter left him out of the will as deserving cousin Stella got everything. Desperation calls for desperate measures. Gareth Bentley¿s responsible father a judge is outraged at the irresponsibility of his son as he only pursues pleasure ever since Stella imitated him when she was sixteen and he fifteen. Dad, a lawyer, considers cutting off funds to his son. However, before his parents consider leaving him without a pound to his name, the police suspect Gareth killed Stella¿s beloved Raymond. Stunned he pleads with his father to help him insisting he is a victim of a clever frame from someone who knows him intimately and took advantage of his escapades. Desperation calls for desperate measures, but who would go that far. --- This is an interesting historical mystery that uses King Edward¿s final days on the throne as a backdrop to a fascinating murder mystery that has its roots back a decade ago. However, Owen and Gareth are despicable individuals with no redeeming qualities. It is Gareth's parents who struggle with their conscience as they go out of their way to save their son Judge Roderick especially hurts thinking back to those he condemned for hanging without an ounce of pity as he must choose between his values and his son. Readers will enjoy NEXT OF KIN as the past haunts their present. --- Harriet Klausner