Kate's Reviews > The Return of Captain John Emmett
The Return of Captain John Emmett
Dec 20, 2011
I confess to an affection for the melancholy mood of post-WWI and a gnawing feeling that if only I learn enough about it, that war will become more comprehensible and less senseless. Speller's crawling but enticing mystery, investigated by the world-weary but somewhat innocent Laurence with the help of his friend Charles, is most interesting in capturing the mood of those who survived the war with various visible and invisible hurts. Captain John Emmett's sister Mary, longing to understand her brother's death by suicide, sets Laurence off to learn more of his onetime schoolmate but the mystery is really so intertwined with the horrors and social messiness of war it might as well just be the backdrop to a sociological study. Lots of less than startling revelations with the discoveries suffused with sadness and understanding rather than feeling prurient. Good.
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