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James R. Benn

Forfatter af Billy Boyle

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Værker af James R. Benn

Billy Boyle (2006) 591 eksemplarer
The First Wave (2007) 226 eksemplarer
Blood Alone (2008) 167 eksemplarer
Evil for Evil (2009) 135 eksemplarer
Rag and Bone (2010) 132 eksemplarer
A Mortal Terror (2011) 126 eksemplarer
A Blind Goddess (2013) 116 eksemplarer
Death's Door (2012) 96 eksemplarer
The Rest is Silence (2014) 91 eksemplarer
The White Ghost (2015) 80 eksemplarer
Blue Madonna (2016) 69 eksemplarer
The Devouring (2017) 65 eksemplarer
The Red Horse (2020) 59 eksemplarer
Solemn Graves (2018) 54 eksemplarer
When Hell Struck Twelve (2019) 53 eksemplarer
From the Shadows (2022) 40 eksemplarer
Road of Bones (2021) 38 eksemplarer
Proud Sorrows (2023) 22 eksemplarer
On Desperate Ground (2004) 18 eksemplarer
The Refusal Camp (2023) 12 eksemplarer
Souvenir (2012) 6 eksemplarer
Freegift (2022) 3 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers (2017) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer

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Blood Alone by James R. Benn is the third book in the Billy Boyle World War II Mystery series. The series follows the former Boston cop solving mysteries in war time Europe while giving the reader a history lesson.

Billy Boyle wakes up in Sicily, Italy, with amnesia. He doesn’t remember what happened, or even who he is, but he does have a yellow silk handkerchief which seems important.

Gradually Bill remembers the reason he was sent to Sicily by his uncle, General Eisenhower, to contact the head of the Sicilian Mafia before US troops land, with a handkerchief from Lucky Luciano.

I read the several Billy Boyle mysteries a while ago, but I saw this book at a library sale and picked it up immediately. At first, I couldn’t remember the supporting cast, but soon the author reminded of who’s who. That being said, this book contains major spoilers for the first two books, but since Billy has amnesia that information is needed.

We seem to forget how the war affected Italy. Blood Alone by James R. Benn makes sure to remind us that the impact was not just on US troops, or Billy, but also on the civilian population.

The author packed a lot into this book, it moves fast and the pacing is uneven. From the American mafia helping the war effort, to the invasion, and of course, a mystery in which Billy is the center of. I think that if I wasn’t already somewhat familiar with the events, both stateside and abroad, I might have gotten lost. The book would have also greatly benefited with the addition of a map, or maps.

This book was much more introspective than the first two, even though Billy’s relationship with Diana was put on the back burner. Being that there are many more books in the series, I’m sure that the relationship will get more page time, but I’m looking forward to reading it myself.

Mr. Benn did a very good job weaving history with fictional mystery which kept me guessing to the end. I loved that much of the book was as historically accurate as possible.
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ZoharLaor | 7 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2024 |
The second in the Billy Boyle series. Billy handles everything required of him but there is no doubt he would prefer to be back in his job as a Boston cop, patrolling the beat while twirling his baton. He was elevated to detective with family assistance and then made army lieutenant because of his distant family connection to the Eisenhowers. The story in Algeria involves the illegal activity surrounding the brand new, highly-prized penicillin. There are serious issues here including murder, rape and torture that came across as incongruous with light-hearted Billy, a character that would fit well at the “cozy” end of the mystery genre.… (mere)
VivienneR | 7 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2024 |
Plot was fine, characters a bit cliched, but appropriate for this type of book. The central plot device of rape and torture of what was supposed to be a strong female character ruined it for me. In a book I’m reading solely for entertainment, I can do without rape and torture
cspiwak | 7 andre anmeldelser | Mar 6, 2024 |
Billy and Kaz are on leave at the Seaton Estate in Norfolk, when a crashed German bomber emerges from the sea. All are engaged and ultimately threatened as current plots are discovered. Lots of history and mystery in the latest installment of this very good WW2 series.
jamespurcell | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jan 19, 2024 |



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