Other Paths to Glory by Anthony Price / 272-page paperback published in 2023 in the Penguin Modern Classics Crime & Espionage Series / ISBN 9780241661505
A First World War battlefield hides a deadly secret - one that some are willing to kill for
Paul Mitchell is a young military historian whose life is changed forever when two men, Dr Audley and Colonel Butler of the MOD, visit him with a fragment of a German trench map - and a lot of questions. Then somebody tries to kill him. Paul, his life now in danger, agrees to go underground on a mission to solve a dangerous mystery: what really happened during the battle of the Somme in 1916? And why does somebody want to keep it secret?
Anthony Price (1928-2019) was born in Hertfordshire. He had a long career in journalism, beginning as a crime reviewer on the Oxford Mail and ending as editor of the Oxford Times. He won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for his first novel The Labyrinth Makers, and the Gold Dagger for Other Paths to Glory, which was later shortlisted for the Dagger of Daggers Award for the best crime novel of the last 50 years. Both feature as their hero Dr David Audley, historian and spy.