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 GBP50,000 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 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 640 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/09/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552777407
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Review by Floratina
READ IN ENGLISH<br/><br/>This book again is completely different from the other books by John Boyne I've read. It's a subtle crime novel as well as an intrigue novel. I think this to be one of his best books. It was just so engrossing, I couldn't stop reading.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>London, 1936 That's a great start!<br/><br/>Owen Montignac has a great gambling debt and only six months to find himself a large amount of money. What a nice coincidence that his very wealthy uncle has just passed away. No need to be sad - until Owen finds out his uncle has cut him out of his will. Oops. What follows is Owen's increasingly psychopathic scheming and planning in order to reach his goals.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>I really liked this book, and I don't get why so few people know about this book or have read it. It was really good. I also don't get why this book isn't translated into Dutch. I would recommend this book, because I think it deserves more readers!