A Mortal Terror by James R. Benn
A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries)

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In his time investigating crimes for both the Boston cops and General Ike's European forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle hasn't encountered a serial killer. But now it looks like he may--a serial killer with a particularly frightening agenda.

Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was found behind a supply tent with his neck snapped. Captain Max Galante, MD, was strangled on the same night, and his body left in a garden outside HQ. 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 over 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 amidst fear and terror as the killer calculates his next moves.


About James R. Benn

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James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle WWII detective mystery series: Billy Boyle, The First Wave, Blood Alone, Evil for Evil, Rag & Bone, and A Mortal Terror. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
Published September 13, 2011 by Soho Crime. 353 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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At the behest of his Uncle Ike, aka Dwight David Eisenhower, Billy Boyle (Rag and Bone, 2010, etc.) chases the heinous Red Heart Murderer while the rest of the army chases Germans.

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Spero Lucas, a 29-year-old ex-Marine who served in Iraq, is the protagonist of "The Cut" (Little, Brown, 292 pages, $25.99), a lean, swift, atmospheric detective novel, the first book in a projected series by George Pelecanos.

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Historical Novel Society

A Mortal Terror is the sixth book in the Billy Boyle World War II detective series.

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Review: January 1944: On leave in Switzerland from his post as a military investigator, 1st Lieutenant Billy Boyle is ordered to Naples, Italy, to look into the murders of two US Army officers in A Mortal Terror, the sixth mystery in this series by James R.

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