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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Elton Narrator: Glen McCready Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder.

Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him.Ben Elton's tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental questions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle?

As the gap between legally-sanctioned and illegal murder becomes ever more blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that the first casualty when war comes is truth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fraser Sutherland | 2/11/2014

    " Intriguing mystery focussing round a whodunnit style investigation. Set in the backdrop of WWI, good for fans of war literature, war poetry and mystery crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/9/2014

    " This was very different to his usual books - not a satire, and disturbing descriptions of the reality of the first world war, with a detective mystery story which unfolded without being too predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nigel Bradshaw | 1/23/2014

    " Big change from previous books but definitely recommend this one ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 1/12/2014

    " The first Ben Elton book I'd read, and a-typical, as it was his first foray into historical fiction. Interesting mystery about who murdered a famous poet recovering from shellshock during WWI, but also explores themes like what is a legal war, where does murder stop and war start, that kind of thing. Presented this to the book club and it went down better than The Eyre Affair! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasdair Craig | 1/9/2014

    " An easy 'whodunit' read with interesting insights into the trenches of WW I. The blurb claims deep moral questions, but they're really loosely forced into the story and not integral to it. It's essentially a simple single-threaded plot with few characters, but still fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Crooke | 1/5/2014

    " Great book and handy tool for the Raki drinking game "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally McRogerson | 12/11/2013

    " I like Ben Elton, but not all of his novels. This one is worth a few hours of anyone's time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 12/9/2013

    " I listened to this as an audio book. It was decent, held my attention. The narrator was Jack Davenport - based on his voice, the book would have received 5 stars, but since it isn't, I'll just give it the 3 stars the actual writing deserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Ross | 10/28/2013

    " My favourite of his books. It shows an incredible insight into what life was like during WWII and gives even more insight to Elton's amazing writing abilities. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zaki | 8/8/2013

    " I don't know why I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette Flaherty | 10/11/2012

    " Quite an interesting read about the First World War which I haven't read much about. Took an alternative view on the war and was about a man who didn't want to fight, but in the end, ended up in the front lines anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon Mccarthy | 12/10/2011

    " props for giving ww1 some love other than that zzz "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/27/2011

    " Not a typical humorous Ben Elton book but enjoyable all the same. Interesting characters and themes of morality. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D Pestell | 10/25/2011

    " Surprisingly brilliant book by a chap I didn't percieve as a writer of brilliant fiction. Rubbish comedian, though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Markham | 10/17/2011

    " Good Read - A good storyline and good characters help hold this story together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nketchi | 9/2/2011

    " WW1 background and brutal realism of the front line "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bina | 5/20/2011

    " You need to persevere with this book. it switches several tiems between the two heroes but does eventually come together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 4/11/2011

    " My favourite of all Ben's stuff. Cracking good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " tries hard but never quite works "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zaki | 11/7/2010

    " I don't know why I read this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/31/2010

    " Set in the first world war, it is a slightly far fetched story but at the same time has some interesting observations/ideas. With so much carnage going on in the war does a murder have any significance?
    Its an easy almost light read but does leave you thinking of more meaningful things "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/25/2010

    " Good Read - A good storyline and good characters help hold this story together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriele | 3/2/2010

    " It's been a while since I read this, but I recall it was a fun book with some fairly accurate historical details about the Great War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 11/15/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's written really well, however i was not entirely satisfied with the ending. I think *SPOILERS* Kingsley's infidelity annoyed me, cause he'd been literally the perfect character prior to this. "

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