Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John Grey)

By Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon, number 1 New York Times bestselling writer of the distinguished Outlander sequence, supplies 3 enthralling stories of warfare, intrigue, and espionage that characteristic considered one of her most well liked characters: Lord John Grey.
 
In Lord John and the Hellfire membership, Lord John glimpses a stranger within the doorway of a gentleman’s club—and is stirred by way of a determined entreaty to satisfy with him in inner most. it truly is an impulse that would lead Lord John right into a maze of political treachery and a perilous, debauched underground society. In Lord John and the Succubus, English squaddies struggling with in Prussia are rattled by means of a deadly creature that looks at evening. referred to as to enquire, Lord John quickly realizes that one of the spirits that hang-out males, none frighten greater than the specters conjured by way of the guts. In Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is thrust into the baffling case of an exploding battlefield cannon that eventually forces him to confront his personal ghosts—and the shattering prospect traitor is one of the ranks of His Majesty’s armed forces.

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Have been a noble gun. ” The rammer glanced on the sundial, glowing with rain. “But I come the following, sir, for to determine was once there sufficient mild to inform the time by way of the dial, see, sir, to not be past due. ” a feeling of move at the different facet of the sq. made gray lookup quick. It was once now not the ghost, though—if it have been a ghost—but the small, black-coated functionary who had taken him earlier than the fee, donning a wide handkerchief unfold over his wig opposed to the rain, and an pissed off expression. “I think this can be your summons now,” gray stated, nodding towards the functionary. “Good good fortune! ” The rammer hurriedly straightened his hat, already relocating around the sq.. “Thank’ee, sir! ” he known as. “The related to you! ” gray lingered for a second after the rammer’s departure, taking a look into the walkway past the sq.. It was once becoming past due within the afternoon, and the sunshine used to be starting to darken, however the house past used to be completely visible—and completely empty. gray came across himself profoundly uneasy, and seized of a unexpected urge to be long past. The artilleryman’s ghost—if that’s what it was—had no longer disturbed him within the slightest. What afflicted him was once the glimpse he had had of the opposite artilleryman, the younger soldier status within the walkway, observing. He had informed Oswald that he had had no chance of learning Philip Lister’s face, and that used to be precise adequate. He had, although, noticeable it, within the rapid sooner than the cannonball struck. And he suffered now from a such a lot unsettling conviction that he had simply obvious it back. Drawing his cloak extra heavily around him, he crossed the sq. and went to discover Tom Byrd, feeling a undeniable coldness close to his middle. Tom Byrd was once ready patiently for him in Bell road, sheltering from the rain in a doorway. “All correct, me lord? ” he inquired, placing on his broad-brimmed hat. “Yes, tremendous. ” Byrd narrowed his eyes at gray, who reflected—not for the 1st time—that Byrd’s around and primarily guileless younger face didn't in any respect hinder his displaying this type of penetrating suspicion greater to an officer answerable for a court-martial—or to a nanny—than to a valet. “Fine,” gray repeated, extra firmly. “Mere formalities. As I stated. ” “As you said,” Byrd echoed, with a trifle extra skepticism than was once solely turning into. “Covering their arses, I count on. ” “Certainly that,” gray agreed dryly. “Let us discover a little meals, Tom. And we needs to discover a mattress, in addition. have you learnt wherever compatible? ” “To confirm, me lord. ” Tom squinted in attention, and after a moment’s session with the exact map of London he carried in his head, pointed off towards the east. “The Lark’s Nest; first rate apartment around the corner,” he advised. “Do a pleasant oyster pie, and the beer’s strong. Dunno in regards to the beds. ” gray nodded. “We’ll likelihood the fleas for the sake of the beer. ” He gestured to Tom to guide the way in which, and pulled down his hat opposed to the regular drizzle. He was once hungry—ravenous, in fact—having eaten neither breakfast nor dinner, his urge for food suppressed by means of considered the arriving interview.

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