Mystery Author James R. Benn Takes Us to the Days of WWII at SCENE OF THE CRIME

A Detective in the “Good War”–James R. Benn’s Billy Boyle



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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Comment by Peg Herring on October 11, 2010 at 10:27pm
My husband and I both love Billy, and I've been telling audiences since BILLY BOYLE first came out that if they like a good, well-written mystery set in an interesting era, this is a great series.

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