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Ben Elton - The First Casualty

Ben Elton - The First Casualty

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3.9/5 Goodreads

Douglas Kingsley is sent to Flanders in 1917 to investigate the murder of a British officer. 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.

"A work of formidable imaginative scope... the writing is so good, the language so surprisingly subtle and the characters so beautifully delineated" - Daily Telegraph
"Riveting action scenes bristle with a queasy energy...unputdownable" - Sunday Telegraph

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