Evil for Evil (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #4)

Evil for Evil (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #4)

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by James R. Benn
     
 

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Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His “uncle” Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he… See more details below

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Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His “uncle” Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A twisting, turning plot drives Benn’s gripping fourth WWII mystery to feature Lt. Billy Boyle (after 2008’s Blood Alone). Billy, a former Boston cop and a nephew by marriage to General Eisenhower, on whose staff he serves, receives orders in late 1943 to look into a raid on a U.S. Army depot in Northern Ireland. The thieves took 50 new Browning automatic rifles plus 200,000 rounds of ammunition. A few miles from the depot, the body of a known IRA man was found shot in the back of the head with a pound note in his hand—the mark of an informer. Billy’s military superiors suspect the Germans are supporting an IRA uprising. As an Irish-American whose family is sympathetic to the Republican cause, Billy struggles to remain impartial as he investigates the various factions on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide. Benn offers no easy answers in this rich mix of Irish history and wartime intrigue. Author tour. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Can a resourceful GI throw a wrench in the German war machine by cutting off its support of the IRA?World War II soldier and sometime sleuth Billy Boyle (Blood Alone, 2008, etc.) is enjoying a brief respite in Jerusalem, on leave as part of General Eisenhower's retinue. Even in the company of best girl Diana Seaton, it's hard to relax while the war still rages. Diana, a British intelligence agent working as a liaison for Eisenhower, has failed to tell Billy that she's leaving to go back to active espionage. When she does, their breakup is bitter, though of course they'll meet again. It primes Billy to charge headlong into his next assignment: going to Ireland to track down a cache of Browning Automatic Rifles (BARs) believed stolen by the IRA. While England battles the Nazis, the IRA is bombing British cities. An Irish lad from the streets of Boston, Billy is loaded with opinions about his ancestors' home. His preconceptions are challenged almost immediately, and he's put on the defensive when the British soldiers he's assigned to work beside sneeringly assume that he's Catholic. One of his colleagues is killed by a sniper; best guess is that Billy was the intended target. Undeterred by a mounting death toll, Billy investigates the theft and the murders. Deftly keeps our hero's wide-eyed verve as he tackles a more complex plot that takes the series further from whodunit toward thriller.
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Praise for Evil for Evil

“Fans of historical mysteries and World War II buffs will savor Evil for Evil . . . Rich in its exploration of Irish history and politics, this is also a character study of brash young man trying to balance personal, family, and political loyalties while staying true to himself.”
The Boston Globe

“Benn has done a fine job of juggling the pleasures of a whodunit with the much deeper drama of what it was like for young American men to be exposed to the butchery of war.” Connecticut Post

“This outstanding series effectively blends historical fact—in this case, the Nazi effort to use the Anglo-Irish conflict to their own advantage—with a richly detailed fictional storyline, creating here a riveting mystery that will captivate readers.”
Mysterious Reviews

Praise for the Billy Boyle series

“Benn continues to create fascinating behind-the-scenes mysteries from little-known facets of World War II history . . . A fast-paced mix of action, adventure, and crime solving . . . A solid series that keeps getting better.”
Booklist

“A triple dose of excitement with a murder mystery within a spy thriller within a World War Two adventure story. . . . A ‘rattling good read.’”
—Rhys Bowen

“A solid follow up to Benn’s first novel . . . [I] look forward to his next.”
—Robert B. Parker

“What a great read, full of action, humor and heart . . . Equal parts spy thriller, war story and murder mystery, with a dollop of romance that’s never sweet, this is just a terrific book. More please!”
—Louise Penny

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569477021
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
84,866
File size:
1 MB

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