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The Scottish Prisoner


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THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is the latest book in the Lord John Grey series, and the first-edition hardcover version was released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

Trade Paperback Released

The trade paperback version of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER was released on May 29, 2012. Please use the “Paperback” purchasing links at left to order your copy. Note that autographed and personalized copies signed by Diana are available in both hardback or trade paperback from The Poisoned Pen bookstore.

Publisher’s Description

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.

Scottish Prisoner Launch Party Video

If you missed the launch party for THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, a video of my talk is now online! Other videos and interviews are also available at my YouTube channel and as iTunes podcasts.

Random House Releases Trailer

On November 18, 2011, Random House released a trailer video for THE SCOTTISH PRISONER on Diana’s Facebook page. Click here to watch it on Youtube.