James R. Benn is the creator of the “Billy Boyle” series, featuring the exploits of Boyle during World War II in Europe. A detective on the
Boston Police Department when the war begins, Boyle ends up on the staff
of General Eisenhower and deals with murder and mayhem in a time when
sanctioned homicide is happening on a grand scale.
The series started off with Billy Boyle, which finds the eponymous hero investigating the death of n official of the Norwegian government in exile. Lee Child, who knows a fair amount about creating
suspense in a novel, noted of this debut, “This book has got it all – an
instant classic.” Further books in the series include The First Wave, Blood Alone, Evil for Evil, and the recently published fifth title, Rag and Bone, a book Publishers Weekly declared “stellar,” and about which the New York Times Book Review said that “scenes of London under siege are stark and poignant.”
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