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Instrument of Slaughter

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Author: Edward Marston

Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749009953
Rights: World English
Pub. Date: 29th October 2012

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Price: £19.99

Format: Hardback

Part of the series:
Home Front Detective

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January 1916. Britain is on the brink of enforcing conscription. Eligible young men who have not yet signed up to fight are despised as ‘conchies’ and ‘shirkers’, subjected to hatred and verbal abuse. Cyril Ablatt, leader of Shoreditch’s group of conscientious objectors, makes a rousing speech at a meeting of the No-Conscription Fellowship, refusing to be ‘an instrument of slaughter in a khaki uniform’.

When Cyril is brutally bludgeoned to death, Scotland Yard detectives Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case. As the pair build up a portrait of Cyril, they unearth an intriguing private life behind the man’s saintly facade. It soon becomes clear there are plenty of suspicious characters with motives for the killing.

Meanwhile, public sympathy is lukewarm. Some people even claim that a conchie deserves to die if he won’t fight for King and Country. And in the wake of the murder, three close friends of Ablatt fear that they may also be under threat. Marmion and Keedy will have to work fast to find the killer before any more deaths occur...

What Critics Have Said»

'With the war never far away, the feel for a community nervous of the present and uncertain of the future is made palpable by a master storyteller. Edward Marston has tapped into a rich vein of inspiration. His Home Front Detective series promises a long run.'Daily Mail

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Books in this series                                  See full list »

  • A Bespoke Murder
  • Instrument of Slaughter
  • Five Dead Canaries
  • Deeds of Darkness

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  • Soldier of Fortune
  • The Circus Train Conspiracy
  • Under Attack
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