First Casualty – Ben Elton

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From Ben Elton, author of the hugely successful Past Mortem, a gut-wrenching historical drama which forces us to handle the June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while he was recuperating from shell shock well behind the A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, is charged with his Konig is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction in the Forced to conduct his investigations amid the hell of the third Battle of Ypres, Konig soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds Elton’s tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama that explores some fundamental 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, Konig quickly learns that the first casualty of war is the Trade Paperback

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