The Dead Can Wait Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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About the Author
ROBERT RYAN is an author, journalist and screenwriter. He was born in Liverpool and moved to London to study natural sciences at university. He began his writing career in the late 1980s for The Face, Arena and the US edition of GQ, before moving to a staff job in the Sunday Times. In 1999, after the publication of his first novel, Underdogs, he left to go freelance, although he is still a frequent contributor to the newspaper. He has published a total of twelve novels under his own name, the latest being Death on the Ice, and two (Steel Rain and Copper Kiss) as Tom Neale. The latter have been optioned by Fremantle TV with a view to creating a TV series. Ryan is currently working on his next novel and a variety of television projects. Find out more at www.robtryan.com
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Robert Ryan’s first book which featured Dr John Watson (of Sherlock fame) was Dead Man’s Land. That book had Dr Watson in France on the Western Front during the horrors of the First World War, intimately involved in war, mayhem, spying and subterfuge. In this book, we are back in England during 1916, and Dr Watson is called upon to assist in investigating an ‘incident’. A new weapon is being tested under top secret conditions, but somehow eight men were driven insane; seven have died and one is non-responsive. Can Watson find out the cause, and even more importantly for the War Office, can he resolve it? But of course there are those who are not on the Allies’ side who would also give much to find out what’s going on in the British war effort, and they are not concerned about collateral damage. Watson not only has to solve a mystery, but he has to be better than those for whom subterfuge is their calling, and try not to let his memories of his time on the Western Front overcome his own sanity.
This is a great book, following on from the earlier excellent book Dead Man’s Land. The character of Doctor Watson is well conceived and executed, and the other characters, including recurring characters such as the redoubtable Mrs Gregson are well portrayed. There are an awful lot of characters and events introduced very early on in this book, and it pays to start the book with enough time on your hands to get into it, so that you can assimilate these characters and events before moving further with the narration of the main storylines.Read more ›