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The Scottish Prisoner

Book 4, Lord John Grey - A Novel

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Includes a preview of the new novel in the Outlander series.

London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate—but will he agree to do it?
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 13, 2012 – Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Jacobite from Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series, is back and in the spotlight in the newest Lord John novel (after An Echo in the Bone). Having been arrested and paroled to the Lake District, Fraser has fathered a child with a noblewoman, though he cannot claim him lest he put his son's inheritance at risk. While engrossed in this complicated familial situation, Lord John Grey appears with an enigmatic letter that Grey suspects of containing clues to a political conspiracy. However, the mysterious message is written in the language of the Scottish Highlanders, which only Fraser can translate. His interpretation reveals the schemes of a corrupt—and potentially traitorous—military officer, Siverly. Promised his freedom by Grey's brother, Hal, in exchange for his help in tracking down Siverly, Fraser embarks on a quest fraught with murder, espionage, and the dredging-up of potent secrets. A complicated plot will likely baffle new readers, but long-time Gabaldon fans will find plenty to love.

Customer Reviews

Don't buy it

Gabaldon either listened to a publisher or some such regarding the sequence. If you read the outlander series, this will be a disappointment. Claire is not part of the story. Those who thought it would be book 8 will notice rehashed material. Come on girl. That was underhanded! Because of your priorities, the preview doesn't even interest me. What I did discover because of your lost mojo is lots of other highland writers! Good luck on the next one!

The Scottish Prisoner

A bitter disappointment! I spent the entire book waiting for it to get to the continuance of Jamie and Claire's story, and it never happened. This is a Lord John Grey story, and I don't even like him. I haven't chosen to read the books that are about him, after I read the first one, and feel that I was misled. This book goes back in time to when Jamie is paroled at Helwater and goes off on a completely different tangent.
I have long been a huge fan of Ms. Gabaldon's and dearly LOVE the Jamie and Claire story. I have given no less than a dozen copies of Outlander to friends to get them started on the series.
I waited literally years for Jamie and Claire's story to go on, and now apparently must wait more years for that to happen. When it does go on, it is worth the wait. For me, this book was not worth the wait. It saddens me greatly to write this review.

Die hard Gabaldon Fan

Loved it! For those of you who thought it was book is clearly stated all over her website that it is another LORD JOHN novel. I absolutely love Gabaldon's writing and think the LJG novellas and novels are the perfect fix in-between Outlander Series reads!!! A must read for Gabaldon fans!

The Scottish Prisoner
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Nov 29, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 560 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, Lord John Grey
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