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There’s a single line at the end of one of the last Sherlock Holmes books that said that Watson had gone back to his old unit, on the brink of WW1, and this is the kernel of inspiration for this brilliant series. An ageing Watson has been to the front in Dead Man’s Land, the first in the series and has now returned to England. It is 1916 and in developing the weapon that will become the tank, there has been an incident and seven soldiers are dead, so Watson is called in to investigate. Full of fascinating detail this is a wonderful read whether you’re a fan of the original Conan Doyle books or not.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Dr John Watson has returned home from the horrors of the trenches of Flanders Field. His job is to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from shell shock – but the war is not over, and in one part of England is a secret the government is keen to keep under wraps. A secret weapon is being built that will hopefully win the war for Britain: the new ‘land ships’, or tanks. But then deaths begin to occur, and Watson is obliged to call upon the resources that he has been developing apart from Holmes.
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Synopsis

The Dead Can Wait by Robert Ryan

Deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks...Dr John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind, and now his task is to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from the crippling effects of shell-shock. But the war is not yet over and in one corner of England lies a secret, one that the establishment is determined to keep under wraps. For in the woodlands of the lush countryside, the government is building the secret weapon which will win the war for Britain. Here, they are developing the land ship - never-before-seen 'tanks' which the army is convinced will end the stalemate on the Western Front. But then disaster strikes. After a training exercise in one of the tanks, eight men are mysteriously struck down, seven of them dead. There is just the one survivor, and he's not talking. It is clear something is horribly wrong, and the army calls in the only man who will know how to solve the mystery: Dr John Watson.

About the Author

Robert Ryan
Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool. He has written for The Face, Arena, Conde Nast Traveller, Esquire, GQ Magazine and The Sunday Times. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.

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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Robert Ryan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781471101199

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