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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 McCread Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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