The tenth book in James R. Benn's Billy Boyle WWII mystery series, normally set against a backdrop of WWII Europe, moves us to a flashback in the Pacific. 1943: Amidst the bitter, violent Solomon Islands campaign, Billy is assigned the murder investigation of a native coastwatcher, whom future president Jack Kennedy discovered on a nearby island with his head bashed in. As the body count climbs, Billy must figure out whether Jack is a cold-blooded killer, even as war rages around him. A fan-favorite series with built-in readership of historical fiction fans and military history buffs, by one of Soho Crime's bestselling authors. Billy Boyle, the first in this series, continues to sell strongly since its 2013 reissue. Benn consistently does very successful national and local events for his book launches. Praise for the Billy Boyle series "Spirited wartime storytelling." --The New York Times Book Review "A fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance." --The Wall Street Journal "Consistently entertaining." --WWII Magazine "Terrific . . . Razor sharp." --Joseph Finder "Full of action, humor and heart." --Louise Penny James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of the top five mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee. Subsequent books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been listed as the BookageMystery of the Month. Two have been tagged as a "Killer Book" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A librarian for many years, Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut, with his wife, Deborah Mandel. Marketing and Publicity National media campaign targeting crime & mystery reviewers; historical fiction reviewers. Inclusion in all Soho Crime Fall 2015 trade-facing advertising campaigns. Featured galley at ALA Annual and BEA 2015.
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"Narrator Peter Berkrot's clear, strong voice and consistent pacing capture the ambiance of this mystery, set in 1943. Billy Boyle, formerly a Boston police detective, now a military sleuth, goes to the Solomon Islands to clear up a murder mystery involving his old Boston nemesis, charming Jack Kennedy, recently skipper of PT-109. Benn provides a great story, part hard-boiled police procedural and part WWII tale with some real sensitivity for the plight of the often ignored native islanders. Occasionally, Berkrot's nasal tough-guy tone can grate. And no territory is more treacherous for the audiobook narrator than Boston accents. The extensive dialogue between Southie Billy and Harvard Jack may not please all Boston natives, but will serve the rest of us well enough. F.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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