The first casualty

Elton, Ben

| 2005

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Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot de ad, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, altho ugh he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Konig is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London po lice, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to Franc e in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigation s amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Konig soon discovers t hat both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally d isappearing into the mud that surrounds him. Ben Elton's tenth novel i s a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental que stions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable da ily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a...

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