A Mortal Terror

A Mortal Terror

By James R. Benn

Soho Crime, Paperback, 9781616951627, 345pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012


In his sixth investigation, Lieutenant Billy Boyle finds himself in pursuit of a serial killer with a particularly frightening agenda.
1943: Billy Boyle is sent to Caserta, Italy, to investigate the murders of two American officers stationed there. 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. 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 the Author
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 have been listed as the "BookPage" Mystery of the Month. Two have been tagged as Killer Books by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A librarian for many years, Benn lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut, with his wife, Deborah Mandel.

Praise For A Mortal Terror

“A fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance."—Wall Street Journal

"Captivating.... Benn does a superb job of simultaneously capturing the personal anguish of war and creating a splendid adventure novel."—Library Journal, Starred Review

“Solid wartime adventure, well grounded in historical detail, and boasting a challenging mystery to boot.”—Booklist

“A thrilling, fast-paced book, a great yarn wonderfully told. The mystery ploy is top notch with the ‘who,’ ‘why,’ and ‘how’ aspects of the murders as puzzling and suspenseful as anyone could wish…Author Benn skillfully blends the mystery of the murders and the violence of the war into one fantastic, satisfying whole. If you haven't already been hooked by this series, this book will do it and have you reaching back for the previous five.”—Mystery Scene

Praise for the Billy Boyle series:

"Spirited wartime storytelling."—The New York Times Book Review

"An instant classic."—Lee Child, Gone Tomorrow

"What a great read, full of action, humor and heart."—Louise Penny, Still Life

"Terrific.... Razor sharp."—Joseph Finder, Vanished