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Monday, April 29, 2013

Next of Kin (John Boyne)

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 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 £50 000 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under.
So 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... And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder...

Quote: "I think it's generally only those who don't have a title who hold them in contempt".

Why this book speaks to me: John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the award-winning author of sixteen novels published in over forty languages.
The reason why I love Mr. Boyne's books is that he writes fiction based on a world of true events, whether it is WWII or an actual murder that took place a long time ago (refer to Crippen). In this case, John Boyne takes us to early 20th century England dealing with the death penalty, displaying actual trials - which was the most interesting part for me -, and royal scandals.
Murder and vengeance play a major role in this story showing us how great minds think and may get away with anything while 'not so great minds' are bound to fall. I cannot add much, since there is an unexpected twist of events towards the end, but it is worth reading.
One of the best novels yet!

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