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Peace

Richard Bausch

RRP: £7.99

1 May 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848870857

RRP: £4.99

1 July 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879973

Italy, near Cassino. The terrible winter of 1944. A dismal icy rain falls, unabated, for days.

Three American soldiers set out on the gruelling ascent of a perilous Italian mountainside in the murky closing days of the Second World War. Haunted by their sergeant’s cold-blooded murder of a young girl, and with only an old man of uncertain loyalties as their guide, they truge on in a state of barely suppressed terror and confusion. With snipers lying in wait for them, the men are confronted by agonizing moral choices…

Taut and propulsive – Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, a tough and unmistakably contemporary meditation on the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.