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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Irish-American Army Lieutenant Detective Billy Boyle returns to his family's homeland only to get sucked into a complex web of wartime intrigue.

Autumn, 1943: Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. A few miles from the depot, the body of a known IRA man has been found

Overview

Irish-American Army Lieutenant Detective Billy Boyle returns to his family's homeland only to get sucked into a complex web of wartime intrigue.

Autumn, 1943: Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. A few miles from the depot, the body of a known IRA man has been found with a bullet in the head and a pound note in his hand—the mark of an informer. 

Fearing a German-sponsored IRA uprising, General Eisenhower, Billy’s uncle by marriage, sends him to recover the weapons before more damage is done. Billy searched for the missing weapons with the help of a beautiful Irish woman, an officer in British intelligence. Soldiers of the US Army, members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, as well as of local Protestant societies, and local Catholic laymen all come under suspicion. Bodies begin to accumulate, and Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and his own IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

Editorial Reviews

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569478516
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series , #4
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
126,865
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Benn is the author of three previous books in the Billy Boyle series: Billy Boyle, The First Wave, and Blood Alone. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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Evil for Evil (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
MrsG-EnglishTeacher More than 1 year ago
Anytime you can teach history set in the drama and action of WWII, you've got a winner! Loved them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and will continue to read them. The abscence of the main characters along with the overwhelming number of characters who performed small details made this story hard to follow. At the end i just skimmed to get to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best one so far. I just can't put the book down. With each book it just gets better and better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery but involves characters and events from previous books.
Dayhiker More than 1 year ago
Billy Boyle is a great character! A traditional WWII hero, a good guy in every way, who goes from one historical event to the next throughout the war providing a history lesson and an entertaining story each time. Some may consider this type of story to be a throwback to a simpler time and that is just fine with me. This is the 4th book and I'm hooked, eagerly waiting for the next one to be published.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Benn once again spins a tale from a theater of WWII that is off the beaten track. It seems only fitting that "Uncle" Ike would send Billy Boyle off to Ireland to investigate the theft of armaments and ammo from a base there. Billy's cop background helps him dutifully follow up the clues and leads to solve this mystery. Billy's time in Ireland gives him a lot to think about after growing up in a family that comes down on one side of the Irish debate, he reflects at one point that he's not sure he likes knowing both sides of this subject. Although I missed Kaz and a couple other familiar faces, I really enjoyed this Boyle story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1943 former Boston police officer Army Lieutenant Billy Boyle works on the staff of his uncle by marriage to General Dwight Eisenhower. He is assigned to look into a damaging raid of an American army depot in Northern Ireland in which thieves stole 50 Browning automatic rifles plus 200,000 rounds of ammunition; the brass fears IRA activity using the stolen weapons and the encouragement of the Nazis to disrupt the allies especially Great Britain. Not too far from the depot, the assassinated corpse of an IRA agent is found; in his hand is a pound note which signifies he was killed for being an informer. While Billy makes his official inquiry looking for a German-IRA connection, he fears he is biased as he and his family support the Republican position even as both sides of the religious divide threaten his investigation. The latest Billy Boyle WWII mystery (see THE FIRST WAVE and BLOOD ALONE) is a terrific tale of intrigue as the hero struggles with his known personal bias and the suspicion from both sides of the Irish divide. Still Billy is an ethical protagonist who works the case one clue at a time while receiving no cooperation from his superiors and the locals. James R. Benn provides a superb historical whodunit. Harriet Klausner
glauver More than 1 year ago
Billy Boyle finds himself in his ancestral land of Ireland investigating the theft of 50 Browning automatic rifles in the fourth book of the series. James R. Benn dialed the action down a bit this time and left more time for character development and reflection. By the conclusion of the novel, Billy has shed most of his romantic illusions about the Irish Republican Army and the struggle against British rule and developed a more realistic perspective about Irish history. I thought Benn had reached a plateau as a writer, but this book shows him developing both as a historical and suspense novelist.
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