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January 1916. Britain is on the brink of enforcing conscription. Eligible young men who have not yet signed are despised as 'conchies' and 'shirkers', subjected to hatred and verbal abuse. When a conscientious objector is brutally bludgeoned to death, Scotland Yard detectives Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case.
Edward Marston was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre. A former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, Edward lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, fellow author Judith Cutler. Instrument of Slaughter is the second book in the Home Front Detective series.