The Return of Captain John Emmett
By Elizabeth Speller
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547737409, 448pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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In the wake of the Great War, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame draws him back in. John Emmett, Laurence’s friend and fellow veteran, has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans’ hospital, and his sister Mary needs to know why.
Laurence begins asking difficult questions. What connects a group of war poets, a feud within Emmett’s regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was John’s death really a suicide, or one in a puzzling string of murders? To uncover the truth, Laurence must revisit his own searing experiences on the Western Front.
An exquisite literary mystery, The Return of Captain John Emmett blends psychological depth with lively storytelling from the golden age of British crime fiction.