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Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan
  

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Dr Watson of the Sherlock Holmes duo is a volunteer on the front line of the First World War, trying to bring in the new medical practice of blood transfusion when patients start dying with some surprising side symptom. But with death all around what are a few more? It seems Watson and Holmes had a bit of a spat which must now be put aside. (Holmes didn’t die fighting Moriarty but is living in retirement in Sussex keeping bees!) A brutal tale of trench warfare and life with the changing world is very much to the fore, especially the women’s movement. The detective aspect is just a platform for a depressing tale of the period and its social changes. Very thought provoking.

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Synopsis

Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan

Deep in the trenches of Flanders Fields, men are dying in their thousands every day. So one more death shouldn't be a surprise. But then a body turns up with bizarre injuries, and Sherlock Holmes' former sidekick Dr John Watson - unable to fight for his country due to injury but able to serve it through his medical expertise - finds his suspicions raised. The face has a blue-ish tinge, the jaw is clamped shut in a terrible rictus and the eyes are almost popping out of his head, as if the man had seen unimaginable horror. Something is terribly wrong. But this is just the beginning. Soon more bodies appear, and Watson must discover who is the killer in the trenches. Who can he trust? Who is the enemy? And can he find the perpetrator before he kills again? Surrounded by unimaginable carnage, amidst a conflict that's ripping the world apart, Watson must for once step out of the shadows and into the limelight if he's to solve the mystery behind the inexplicable deaths.

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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Book Info

Publication date

24th October 2013

Author

Robert Ryan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781849839570

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