The Devouring

The Devouring

by James R. Benn

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The Devouring by James R. Benn

A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis in World War II, and US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate.

Europe, 1944: Captain Billy Boyle and his friend Lieutenant Piotr “Kaz” Kazimierz are sent to neutral Switzerland to work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), investigating Swiss banks that are laundering looted Nazi gold. The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, stemming the tide of looted gold, and preventing postwar use of Nazi wealth by war criminals. With the talks about to begin and the Gestapo ever present, the OSS wants Billy and Kaz to protect the participants, which turns out to be a very deadly task.

The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crashland in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They’ll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold “harvested” from concentration camps, and those who are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616959524
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series , #12
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 110,896
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of five top mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. A Blind Goddess was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and The Rest Is Silence was a Barry Award nominee. Benn, a former librarian, splits his time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and Connecticut with his wife Deborah Mandel.

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The Devouring (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #12) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compared to other Billy Boyle mysteries The Devouring is not up to the standards of previous works. It is good but plotting is strained & weak at several points. I enjoyed it but hope any future works will be better.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I find the books interesting and I like the education that he tells you at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading this series. Am looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Mr. Benn. The blending of actual events, people, and places are exciting! I find myself reading each Billy Boyle and then googling the other characters he interacts with. Highly recommended reading! Can’t wait till fall for the next chapter in Billy Boyles life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always a great read. I have read them all, can hardly wait for the next one. I work in a public library and I am often tell patrons about this series. The patrons often come back tell me thanks for telling them about this series because they are enjoying it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Billy Boyle series continues to show some of the great difficulties that people suffer during mans injustice to one another during war.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Blue Madonna was one of James R. Benn's most disappointing Billy Boyle WWII mysteries. The Devouring sends Boyle and his sidekick Kaz into supposedly neutral Switzerland with no idea of what there mission is. Along the way the pick up a Gypsy whose sole goal in life is to kill Germans in revenge for the death of his family. Once the trio arrives at their destination, they find themselves in international intrigue involving gold, the Gestapo, shady Swiss bankers, future CIA head Allen Dulles, and his sexy female assistant. I might have thought Benn was making his scenario up if l hadn't read the afterword first. This book is better than Blue Madonna, but I hope Benn moves his characters back into the Army for their next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and informative . Didn't know about the Swiss involvement in WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always these are a joy to read.. you can't put them down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding addition to this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was more spy vs spy than the other Billy Boyle stories It was okay but hope the next one is better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a bit too boring.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Switzerland has the reputation of being a neutral oasis in the middle of Europe, but if Billy Boyle’s experience shortly after D-Day is any example it was anything but. In the latest installment of this fine series, Billy and his sidekick, Kaz, are being flown into the country to assist Allan Dulles and the OSS in an important mission, only to be shot down over southern Occupied France. As they make their way toward Switzerland on foot, they meet a Gypsy Nazi killing machine who helps them enter the country illegally. Switzerland turns out to be teeming with spies, Nazis, profiteers from the war selling materiel to Germany, bankers turning their heads aside taking in gold stolen by the Nazis for a percentage and government officials supporting Germany. So instead of assisting Dulles in his efforts to prevent the ill-gotten loot the Nazis have accumulated from being used, perhaps, to fund a future war after their defeat in WWII, they become involved in other efforts as well. As the author wrote to this reviewer in a private email: “Very odd thing about this book. When I started writing it in 2015, I never imagined the subject matter (abandoned refugees, corrupt businessmen who put profit before country, fascist militias, and lying politicians) in Switzerland 1944 would resonate with current events in 2017 (in my opinion, anyway). Sometimes it feels like history is on an endless loop.” Or did someone else say the same thing in different words? Another excellent addition to a great series, and highly recommended.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Switzerland has the reputation of being a neutral oasis in the middle of Europe, but if Billy Boyle’s experience shortly after D-Day is any example it was anything but. In the latest installment of this fine series, Billy and his sidekick, Kaz, are being flown into the country to assist Allan Dulles and the OSS in an important mission, only to be shot down over southern Occupied France. As they make their way toward Switzerland on foot, they meet a Gypsy Nazi killing machine who helps them enter the country illegally. Switzerland turns out to be teeming with spies, Nazis, profiteers from the war selling materiel to Germany, bankers turning their heads aside taking in gold stolen by the Nazis for a percentage and government officials supporting Germany. So instead of assisting Dulles in his efforts to prevent the ill-gotten loot the Nazis have accumulated from being used, perhaps, to fund a future war after their defeat in WWII, they become involved in other efforts as well. As the author wrote to this reviewer in a private email: “Very odd thing about this book. When I started writing it in 2015, I never imagined the subject matter (abandoned refugees, corrupt businessmen who put profit before country, fascist militias, and lying politicians) in Switzerland 1944 would resonate with current events in 2017 (in my opinion, anyway). Sometimes it feels like history is on an endless loop.” Or did someone else say the same thing in different words? Another excellent addition to a great series, and highly recommended.