December 1991

Historical Romance


ISBN 0-451-20206-6

I’ve always thought of Silk and Shadows as one of my best books, with perhaps my darkest, most compelling hero. The first line of the book is, “He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge.”

Enigmatic, wealthy beyond dreams, and bent on vengeance, Mikhal Khaunari has emerged from a mysterious Asiatic past to take London by storm, and to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.

First of my Silk Trilogy, Silk and Shadows is followed by Silk and Secrets and Veils of Silk. Both of the latter books are in print, and readily available by special bookstore order or from an Internet bookseller. If Silk and Shadows does well, the other two may also be reissued with attractive new covers, but at the moment there are no plans for that.

Silk and Shadows garnered some pretty darned good quotes when it first came out. Here are a few:

“Sharply defining unforgettable characters and exquisitely fashioning a sumptuous love story, Ms. Putney proves herself a dreamspinner of the highest order….This splendorous tale is the perfect romance for the reader in search of the extraordinary.”

--Romantic Times

“Mary Jo Putney is a gifted writer with an intuitive understanding of what makes romances work. I loved Silk and Shadows, couldn’t put it down, and don’t think readers will, either.”

--Jayne Ann Krentz

Silk and Shadows is something else. Like brilliant. It got under my skin as very, very few books have. It’s still under my skin. Mikhal was haunting.”

--Loretta Chase