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Evil for Evil (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery) Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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.)
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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.”
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.”
“A triple dose of excitement with a murder mystery within a spy thriller within a World War Two adventure story. . . . A ‘rattling good read.’”
“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!”
Top customer reviews
politics of Northern Ireland (British) and the Republic of Ireland come into play and fear of a German sponsored uprising sends Billy Boyle
to investigate but having ties to both sides he struggles to remain impartial. It was a very good interesting story of the politics of the time.