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The last thing Inspector Sam Blackstone wants to do is investigate the murder of a young lieutenant on the Western Front, but he owes a debt to General Fortesque - the soldier’s grandfather. Once he arrives at the front line, it does not take him long to realise that he is completely out of his depth. The officers resent his presence, and the enlisted men refuse - or do not dare - to talk to him. As thousands are slaughtered around him, Blackstone struggles to solve one of the most difficult cases of his career. Who would kill a popular officer? Why does no one seem to want him to unmask the murderer? And are there those in the trenches who wish to see him dead, too?

©2012 Alan Rustage (P)2012 Soundings

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