By Edward Marston
January 1916. Britain is close to implementing conscription. Eligible younger males who've now not but signed as much as struggle are despised as 'conchies' and 'shirkers', subjected to hatred and verbal abuse. Cyril Ablatt, chief of Shoreditch's crew of conscientious objectors, makes a rousing speech at a gathering of the No-Conscription Fellowship, refusing to be 'an tool of slaughter in a khaki uniform'.
When Cyril is brutally bludgeoned to loss of life, Scotland backyard detectives Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case. because the pair increase a portrait of Cyril, they unearth an exciting deepest existence at the back of the man's saintly façade. It quickly turns into transparent there are many suspicious characters with reasons for the killing.
Meanwhile, public sympathy is lukewarm. a few humans even declare conchie merits to die if he won't struggle for King and kingdom. And within the wake of the homicide, 3 shut associates of Ablatt worry that they could even be less than threat....
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