LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS
It takes a talented and clever writer to move a secondary character (one some might consider unlikable) into the limelight and leave readers eager for more. That's what Gabaldon has done with Lord John, a complex character torn between good and evil, loyalty
and desire, country and family. Through him, Gabaldon takes us into the 18th century and fires our imagination.
In the somewhat humorous "Lord John and the Succubus," he uses his military training and wiles to face down a succubus attacking his battalion's encampment. "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier" has our hero investigating the death of a fellow officer after an unexplained cannon explosion. (Delacorte, Dec., 302 pp., $25.00)