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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Elton Narrator: Jack Davenpor Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Zaki | 2/20/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trish | 2/15/2014

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amanda Patterson | 2/8/2014

    " Started well enough and died! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 2/7/2014

    " Less farcical than some of his other books, I guess the subject matter does not warrant such treatment. A good easy read though. Very last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth. "

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