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The First Casualty: Second Book of Cade

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – May 2006
From Ben Elton, author of the hugely successful Past Mortem, 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 is a gut-wrenching historical drama that 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.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780552771306
ISBN-10: 0552771309
Pagini: 444
Dimensiuni: 127 x 199 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.3 kg
Editura: Black Swan Books, Limited
Locul publicării: United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.

Recenzii

“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 and disgustingly realistic.”
Sunday Telegraph


From the Paperback edition.
"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 and disgustingly realistic" Sunday Telegraph "Elton writes a good crime story with lots of twists and excitement" -- Henry Sutton Daily Mirror