Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Next of Kin

Next of Kin

A Novel

John Boyne

Thomas Dunne Books




John Boyne has been heralded as "one of the most imaginative and adventurous of the young Irish novelists working today" by the Irish Independent. He achieved bestseller status and won numerous awards worldwide for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Now in Next of Kin, he 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.

Next of Kin vividly captures the spirit of 1930s London, revealing the secrets of the upperclass, complete with gambling, murder, an art heist, and a conspiracy to unseat the new king that could change the future of the country.


Chapter 1

Many years earlier, when he was a lieutenant in the army stationed just outside Paris, Charles Richards had come across a young recruit, a boy of about eighteen years of age, sitting alone on his bunk in the mess with his head held...


Praise for Next of Kin

The Thief of Time is a learned and at times provocative read.” —America magazine on Thief of Time

“This lively historical saga . . . is undyingly recommended.” —Booklist on Thief of Time

“Boyne is creative and entertaining, particularly as he develops his characters.” —Library Journal on Thief of Time

“Boyne's fictionalization of the gruesome scandal combines the best of true crime and old-fashioned mysteries in an addictive tale.” —People magazine on Crippen

“Grimly fascinating . . . a dark comedy that is supremely readable, always suspenseful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.” —The Washington Post on Crippen

“Boyne is to be commended for his ability to alternate between Wodehousian humor and Edwardian noir.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Crippen

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About the author

John Boyne

John Boyne is 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 Pajamas, which has recently been made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives with his partner in Dublin.

John Boyne

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