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The First Casualty

(2005)
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Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley 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. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley 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 which 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 evermore blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that the first casualty when war comes is truth.

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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-593-05111-4 / 978-0-593-05111-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-552-77336-0 / 978-0-552-77336-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-552-77130-9 / 978-0-552-77336-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-593-05112-2 / 978-0-593-05112-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
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Audio Editions

April 2011 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 1-4450-1230-8 / 978-1-4450-1230-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
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Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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March 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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March 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
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Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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March 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-7531-3514-0 / 978-0-7531-3514-3 (UK edition)
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March 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 0-7531-2502-1 / 978-0-7531-2502-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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November 2005 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
ISBN: 1-85686-836-2 / 978-1-85686-836-5 (UK edition)
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November 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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November 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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November 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The First Casualty
Author(s): Ben Elton
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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