The Lion's Skin
Money and politics! Treachery, romance, betrayal, and snobbery. Unrequited love! Justin Carryll, brought up in France after his real father abandoned him and his mother in 1690, has been schooled all his life to find and destroy that same father. Lord Ostermore, ruined in the South Sea Bubble and flailing desperately in attempts to regain his fortune, has been plotting secretly with the Jacobite Pretender to the English throne. Now Justin is in England for the first time, carrying a message that will suck Lord Ostermore into a doomed conspiracy against the King of England. Justin will betray the betrayer; but as he arrives he is caught up in a web of deceit and betrayal by others; and he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who is the ward of, and depends upon, the very man he would destroy. And now things get truly complicated.... Vintage Sabatini: swashbuckling adventure, spies and counterspies, and a comedy of manners.