First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn

By James R. Benn

“ Benn follows up his first global battle II secret (Billy Boyle) with one other danger-filled episode and grants a cross-genre story that's instantly undercover agent tale, soldier tale, and hard-Boyled detective.”—Library magazine (starred evaluation) “The interval information are spot-on and Billy . . . maintains to make a completely attractive detective.”—The Denver publish “Part Indiana Jones derring-do and half grown-up event novel with spies, black sellers, dependable and dastardly French, and the reliably evil Nazis. when you like international conflict II historic crime novels, you’ll love this one.”—Mystery Scene “The First Wave is first rate.”—I Love a secret e-newsletter “A ‘rattling strong’ read.”—Rhys Bowen “A strong persist with as much as Benn’s first novel. . . . [I] stay up for his next.”—Robert B. Parker “What a superb learn, choked with motion, humor and middle. . . . equivalent elements undercover agent mystery, warfare tale and homicide secret, with a dollop of romance that’s by no means candy, this is often only a fabulous ebook. extra please!”—Louise Penny “Certain to entice WWII fiction fans.”—Booklist Billy’s job is to assist organize the quit of the Vichy French forces in Algeria. yet dissension one of the usual military, the defense force, and DeGaulle’s loose French permits blackmarketeers in league with the enemy to divert clinical provides to the Casbah, resulting in a number of murders. Billy needs to locate the killers whereas attempting to rescue the woman he loves—a British secret agent.

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Their rifles weren't pointed at us exactly, but they held them at the ready. Six other guys appeared in back of us, idly holding their rifles and watching Dupree carefully. Something told me this wasn't an honor guard. " Harding demanded. " "Very good, Lieutenant Dupree. " A voice spoke up in English from inside the entranceway. " The French soldiers in front of us shouldered arms and stepped aside. Dupree gestured us toward the entrance, where a tall man stood in the shadows, watching us. Harding squinted, trying to see him clearly in the dim light.

Then he straightened and gave it full throttle. The man could ride. I remembered a picture of my Uncle Frank sitting on his 1912 Harley, a rookie cop in Southie with his life ahead of him, a big grin plastered over his face, his gloved hands gripping the handlebars. My uncle never came home from the trenches of the First World War. I was glad my Dad and my Uncle Dan didn't know about this Harley ride. Thinking about them and how far apart we actually were made me feel lonely. I turned my head again.

That's why I appreciate a nice, predictable, routine, boring life. Sure, you could get hit by a bus, or if you're a cop you might be one of the unlucky bastards who gets shot every now and then, but the chances are slim. The risk is a lot bigger roaming around North Africa, dodging bullets. I thought I had it made back in Boston. I sure never thought I'd end up in a jail cell, much less a stinking Algiers jail cell. I was just enjoying being called Detective and then what happens? I get pulled out of civilian life and thrown into the army, where not even Dad's political pals could keep me out of this war.

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