Return of Captain John Emmett
By Elizabeth Speller
(Virago Press (UK), Paperback, 9781844086092)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2011 Indie Next List
“It is in particular stories of war that we are forced to see the cost of one life lost and how that loss effects so many others. Speller's novel of the aftermath of World War I is such a story. After his military service has ended, John Emmett is found dead, an apparent suicide. His grieving sister Mary calls on Laurence Bartram, an old schoolmate, to help her understand what has happened. As he delves into the circumstances, Bartram realizes that others involved with Emmett in a disturbing wartime event have also died violently. This is a compelling story with a sympathetic protagonist who finds that there are seldom easy answers, few happy endings, and no good wars.”
-- Laura Keys, Blue Elephant Book Shop Inc., Decatur, GA