Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Book - 2006
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Charismatic aristocrat Owen Montignac, heir to the vast Montignac fortune, is awaiting the reading of his Uncle Peter's will. Owen has run up huge gambling debts and Peter's death has come not a moment too soon. However, when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favour of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove how cunning he can be.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780718149956
0718149955
9780141018799
0141018798
Branch Call Number: BOY
PB B
Characteristics: 501 p. ;,25 cm

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brianreynolds Dec 12, 2016

Boyne has a lesson to teach so many other authors of “Historical Fiction.” To begin, he omits the lovingly crafted Acknowledgement wherein research and footnotes bear testament to the “truth” of things. On the cover he calls it a novel and it actually is one with characters that are free to flex their muscles as they rise and fall through a real plot. And best of all he preaches nothing but the truth of human behaviour played out in a particular historical time; he tells a story, a breathing tale with its own sense of direction, its own honesty and flavour. Next of Kin is so much more than what I’ve come to expect from this sad genre: big names, authentic events, imagined thoughts and canned conversations. It is the story of inheritance, the passing of wealth and power from one generation to the next, gone wrong. It is the story of principle versus pragmatism. It is the story of the hubris of king makers and king breakers constumed as gangsters and parents and barristers and frauds. It is a tale of love both pure and poisoned. Shakespeare would have written it in verse. This is so much more than a mere crime novel (unless you think Macbeth could be described that way. It was a joy to read on every page.

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