The Devouring by James R. Benn
(A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery)

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...before an effective heist can be implemented, one of these four new colleagues is murdered. Benn’s 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser.
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A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis in World War II, and US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate.

Europe, 1944: Captain Billy Boyle and his friend Lieutenant Piotr “Kaz” Kazimierz are sent to neutral Switzerland to work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), investigating Swiss banks that are laundering looted Nazi gold. The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, stemming the tide of looted gold, and preventing postwar use of Nazi wealth by war criminals. With the talks about to begin and the Gestapo ever present, the OSS wants Billy and Kaz to protect the participants, which turns out to be a very deadly task.

The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crashland in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They’ll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold “harvested” from concentration camps, and those who are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.
 

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 12, 2017 by Soho Crime. 320 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jul 04 2017

...before an effective heist can be implemented, one of these four new colleagues is murdered. Benn’s 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Thomas Barry on Sep 11 2017

In The Devouring, Benn has created yet another thoroughly entertaining historical mystery page-turner that is filled with bountiful amounts of action and adventure. His ability to bring fresh understanding to an already well written about period of history is refreshing. A highly recommended read that will not disappoint.

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