Synopses & Reviews
A] lively (and surprisingly thoughtful) adventure series.--The New York Times Book Review
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 a brash young man trying to balance personal, family, and political loyalties while staying true to himself.--Boston Globe
In the course of the first four books, 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. . . . The author shows us the existential hell of the average soldier's experience waiting to see if he will survive his next exposure to combat.--Connecticut Post
A twisting, turning plot drives Benn's gripping fourth WWII mystery to feature Lt. Billy Boyle. . . . Benn offers no easy answers in this rich mix of Irish history and wartime intrigue.--Publishers Weekly
Fifty rifles have been stolen from a US army base in Northern Ireland. Billy's uncle, Ike Eisenhower, sends him to recover the weapons, which he fears will 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.
James R. Benn is the author of three previous books in the Billy Boyle series: Billy Boyle, Blood Alone, and The First Wave. He was a librarian for many years and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
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."
Billy Boyle goes to Northern Ireland to find stolen weapons and to keep the Irish Republic neutral.
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.
About the Author
James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series, previous volumes of which have been selected by Book Sense as one of the top five mysteries of the year and nominated for a Dilys Award. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.