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Billy Boyle

(2006)
(The first book in the Billy Boyle World War II Mystery series)
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Awards
Dilys Awards Best Book (nominee)
What's a twenty-two-year-old Irish cop from Boston doing at Beardsley Hall having lunch with Haakon, King of Norway, and the rest of the Norwegian government in exile? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home, he'd just made detective (with a little help from family and friends) when war was declared. Unwilling to fight-and perhaps die-for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin, Mamie. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower; his headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz; and Uncle Ike has a special assignment for Billy: He wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned. Billy is to catch a spy amongst the Norwegians. He doubts his own abilities, and a theft and two murders test his investigative powers. But to his own surprise, Billy proves to be a better detective than anyone suspected.

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

"This book has got it all-an instant classic." - Lee Child

"It is a pleasure marching off to war with spirited Billy Boyle. He is a charmer, richly imagined and vividly rendered. And he tells a finely suspenseful yarn." - Dan Fesperman

"Rich with atmosphere. . . A treat from start to finish." - Owen Parry

"A tale as tight as a drum. Doesn't get any better than this." - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith


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Used availability for James R Benn's Billy Boyle

Hardback Editions

September 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
Author(s): James R Benn
ISBN: 1-56947-433-8 / 978-1-56947-433-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Billy Boyle (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery)
Author(s): James R Benn
ISBN: 1-61695-355-1 / 978-1-61695-355-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Billy Boyle (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery)
Author(s): James R Benn
ISBN: 1-56947-970-4 / 978-1-56947-970-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Billy Boyle: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Wheeler Softcover)
Author(s): James R Benn
ISBN: 1-59722-891-5 / 978-1-59722-891-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
Author(s): James R Benn
ISBN: 1-56947-476-1 / 978-1-56947-476-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

April 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery
Author(s): James R Benn
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

September 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery)
Author(s): James R Benn
Publisher: Soho Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA