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Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan
Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan
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As author Robert Ryan explained in a short essay for Crime Time, "Dead Man’s Land" was not originally his idea. His publisher was shopping around for “a work of fiction featuring a ‘detective in the trenches of World War I,’” and Ryan came up with a splendid solution: Why not send Dr. John H. Watson, of Sherlock Holmes fame, to the front lines in France, where he’d find himself involved in a homicide investigation? Of course, Watson would’ve been fairly old in 1918, when the action here takes place (in his mid-60s, by most reckonings). That, however, proved to be a surmountable problem. In "Dead Man’s Land," we find Watson--who, after all, was a battlefield surgeon before… Read more

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