The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

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Soho Press, 2007 - Fiction - 294 pages
37 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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I really enjoyed the story, billy Boyle was fun and I figured out part of the mystery about half way through. Read full review

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

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Didn't like this one quite as much of as the first book because the nature of some of the violence, but overall, still an enjoyable read. Read full review

Contents

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

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CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
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James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, "Billy Boyle", was named one of the top five mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. Subsequent books have received starred reviews in "Publishers Weekly "and "Library Journal" and have been listed as the "BookPage" Mystery of the Month. Two have been tagged as Killer Books by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A librarian for many years, Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut, with his wife, Deborah Mandel.

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