Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the lieutenant, the ten of hearts; the captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear: if the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next. Billy is sent to Italy for the investigation, which grows increasingly sinister. But he has other things on his mind, too. His girlfriend, Diana, is on a very dangerous spy mission, and Billy doesn't know when-or if-he'll see her again. To make matters worse, Billy's just learned that his baby brother, Danny, is being sent to Europe as an infantry replacement, an incredibly dangerous assignment. And all around him, he sees GIs suffering from combat fatigue preparing for another battle. As the invasion at Anzio begins, Billy needs to keep a cool head amid fear and terror as the killer calculates his next moves.
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by James R. Benn
by James Lee Burke
by Mark Haskell Smith
by Joe Haldeman
"On the WWII battlefield of Anzio, incoming artillery whistles overhead, shrapnel flies, and solders scream. Narrator Peter Berkrot brings these scenes to life with his ability to project vivid word pictures. Lieutenant Billy Boyle, a Boston detective who is now serving as a special investigator for General Eisenhower, is assigned to find the killer of two American officers. The chase leads him to Anzio during the invasion. Berkrot's narration embraces the terror of combat and the thrill of the chase. Boyle's cadre of supporters requires the effective presentation of various accents, which Berkrot does well except that the Irish cop from Boston sounds as if he could be from Buffalo--or Bakersfield. T.J.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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