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The First Casualty

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A gut-wrenching historical drama which forces us to handle the truth. Flanders, 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 lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, is charged with his murder. Douglas Konig 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 in the case. 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 him. Ben Elton's tenth novel 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, Konig quickly learns that the first casualty of war is Truth.

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 2005

ISBN: 9780593051115

Condition Ratings

Book is Fine. No visible defects.

Dustjacket is Fine. No visible defects.

Slipcase condition is N/A

Book Details

Hardback with Dustjacket

First (UK) Edition

Published in 2005

ISBN: 9780593051115

Condition Ratings

Book is Fine. No visible defects.

Dustjacket is Fine. No visible defects.

Slipcase condition is N/A

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