The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

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Soho Press, 2007 - Fiction - 294 pages
15 Reviews
Praise for the Billy Boyle series:

"A meaty, old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable tale of WWII-era murder and espionage."--The Seattle Times

"The World War II atmosphere and history are expertly handled."--Denver Post

"Great fun. Benn knows his war history. . . . The novel introduces a batch of intriguing characters who seem destined to make another appearance."--The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"A memorable debut."--BookPage

"A must for history buffs and mystery fans."--Connecticut Post

"If you enjoy World War II mysteries . . . you'll love this book. . . . One of the best books I've read this year."--Mystery Scene

"Benn crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color."--Kirkus Reviews

"I'll look for another book about Billy Boyle, with pleasure."--Deadly Pleasures

Lieutenant Billy Boyle reluctantly accompanies Major Samuel Harding, his boss, in the first boat to land on the shores of Algeria during the Allied invasion. Their task is to arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces. But there is dissension between the regular army, the local militia, and De Gaulle's Free French. American black marketeers in league with the enemy divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders that Billy must solve while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy.


  

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Review: The First Wave (Billy Boyle World War II #2)

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Billy lands in Algeria with Uncle Ike's command. Finds murder as well as the lose of precious medical supplies. While he still has his brash Southie kid manner he finds his life change in subtle and dramatic ways. Read full review

Review: The First Wave (Billy Boyle World War II #2)

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Billy accompanies "the first wave" of American soldiers as they land in North Africa, where they hope the locals will have convinced the Vichy French to abandon their alliance with the Nazis. But nothing quite goes as expected. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN

CHAPTER
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
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About the author (2007)

James R. Benn is the author of Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery and The First Wave, selected by Book Sense as one of the top five mysteries of 2006 and nominated for a Dilys award. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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