It s late May 1944. Captain Billy Boyle is court-martialed on spurious charges of black market dealings. Read more...
It s late May 1944. Captain Billy Boyle is court-martialed on spurious charges of black market dealings. Stripped of his officer s rank, reduced to private, and sentenced to three months hard labor, Billy is given an opportunity: he can avoid his punishment if he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a high-value Allied soldier.
A secret chamber and tunnels, once used by escaping Huguenots in the 17th century, has since been taken over by the Allies. But this safe house on the outskirts of Chaumont turns out to be anything but two downed airmen, one Canadian and the other American, have been murdered.
Billy is flown in as part of a three-man team on June 5, 1944, the night before the Normandy invasion, and must solve the mystery of who is behind the murders before then leading a group escape back to England, with both the Germans and a killer hot on their heels."
- ISBN-13: 9781616956424
- ISBN-10: 1616956429
- Publisher: Soho Crime
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 336
Series: Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #11
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Mystery fans may be disappointed that Benn’s 11th Billy Boyle novel (after 2015’s The White Ghost) is more a thriller than a whodunit, though the suspenseful story line, set on the eve of the Normandy invasion in 1944, will keep readers turning the pages. Boyle, a former Boston cop turned U.S. Army investigator who has been stationed in England for most of the war, is caught by surprise when MPs arrest him and he’s charged with selling military property for a profit. Facing a court-martial, he has only an inexperienced young attorney to defend him. To avoid punishment, Boyle, who’s demoted from captain to private, agrees to undertake a hazardous mission in France, whose success is threatened by a murderer. Only late in the action does he have a homicide to solve. The prose sometimes verges on the overwrought (“A tear made a tiny drop on the blank paper. The fibers soaked it up and it vanished, like a false identity long forgotten”), but Benn movingly depicts Nazi cruelties that Boyle and his comrades witness. (Sept.)