LIBRARY JOURNAL July 15, 2007 Starred Review
Benn, James R. The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho, dist. by Consortium. Sept. 2007. c.304p. ISBN 978-1-56947-471-6. $24. M
Take a young Irish cop. Turn him into a lieutenant on Eisenhower's personal staff—one charged with being "Ike's investigator." Set him ashore on the coast of French North Africa along with the first wave of invading American troops. And watch the mayhem, mystery, and murder that are bound to follow. Corrupt Vichy French officers steal a shipment of American penicillin, killing a supply sergeant in the process. Benn follows up his first World War II mystery (Billy Boyle) with another danger-filled episode and delivers a cross-genre tale that is at once spy story, soldier story, and hard-Boyled detective. Bullets, babes, and bombs give Billy Boyle a bad time before he solves the case, but you'll have a good time reading about it. Highly recommended for all mystery collections.—Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L.