The First Wave
By James R. Benn
(Soho Press, Hardcover, 9781569474716, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Praise for the Billy Boyle series:
“A meaty, old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable tale of WWII-era murder and espionage.”—The Seattle Times
“The World War II atmosphere and history are expertly handled.”—Denver Post
“Great fun. Benn knows his war history. . . . The novel introduces a batch of intriguing characters who seem destined to make another appearance.”—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A memorable debut.”—BookPage
“A must for history buffs and mystery fans.”—Connecticut Post
“If you enjoy World War II mysteries . . . you’ll love this book. . . . One of the best books I’ve read this year.”—Mystery Scene
“Benn crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color.”—Kirkus Reviews
“I’ll look for another book about Billy Boyle, with pleasure.”—Deadly Pleasures
Lieutenant Billy Boyle reluctantly accompanies Major Samuel Harding, his boss, in the first boat to land on the shores of Algeria during the Allied invasion. Their task is to arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces. But there is dissension between the regular army, the local militia, and De Gaulle’s Free French. American black marketeers in league with the enemy divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders that Billy must solve while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy.
"Another rousing adventure.... Once again the period details are spot-on and Billy, who doesn't pretend to be anything but what he is, continues to make a thoroughly engaging detective."