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The Quantum Detective
On March 10th 1915, Captain Christian Braithwaite faces the sternest of tests as he prepares to lead his men into battle in the first set piece British offensive of the Great War at Neuve-Chapelle. However, his confidence in the High Command is quickly eroded as the artillery plan for the attack by his battalion—in the direction of Aubers Ridge—fails and disastrous losses are incurred.
A mere two months later, the prospect of a renewed push towards the same objective proves too much for the shattered nerves of Braithwaite’s newly arrived batman—Pte Clifford Jones. Terrified, the neophyte deserts, is captured and faces a field court martial and the firing squad. Disgusted by the injustice and sheer hypocrisy of the proceedings; Christian races against time to find adequate legal representation for the private, before it is too late.
In November 2018 at Yeovil in Dorset, Jessica Cassidy is devastated by the murder of her lover—Timothy Trevelyan. She suspects that her sinister brother-in-law—Alexander—is responsible. Desperate, she turns to Tim’s wealthy uncle—Charles—for protection but soon comes to realize that there is far more to the former Army colonel than meets the eye. Conflict between the two powerful business families begins in earnest and, as it intensifies, the weakest member of the Trevelyan clan—Jeremy—is unwillingly sucked into the escalating violence. As was the case with Clifford Jones—so many years before—Jeremy finds himself caught up in a life or death struggle. Yet what links the fate of these seemingly quite disparate individuals across such a span of time?
Others—including the Quantum Detective: Professor
Sebastian Strangeways and the formidable Miss Frobisher—enter the unfolding drama
as it finally erupts into an armed confrontation in the grounds of Blenheim
House near Sherwood Forest. In an action packed finale, Charles Trevelyan’s Tiger
Team—an elite group of private military contractors—is surrounded, outnumbered
and outgunned by a far superior force commanded by Alex Cassidy’s highly resourceful
ally—the notorious Bradley Douglas. Meanwhile, Jessica, appalled by the news of
the most serious clash of arms on English soil in modern times and with the
country on a war footing, at last finds the love and solace that she craves … And
it comes from the most unexpected of quarters.