Evil for Evil

Evil for Evil

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Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His “uncle” Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

Perseus Publishing

Praise for the Billy Boyle series:

“Benn continues to create fascinating behind-the-scenes mysteries from little-known facets of World War II history. . . . A fast-paced mix of action, adventure, and crime solving. . . . A solid series that keeps getting better.”—Booklist

“The Billy Boyle novels have quickly established themselves as best in class . . . historical mysteries that seamlessly blend fact with fiction, are replete with period details, [and] incorporate an engaging, intricate and suspenseful story.”—Mysterious Reviews

“A triple dose of excitement with a murder mystery within a spy thriller within a World War Two adventure story. . . . A ‘rattling good read.’”—Rhys Bowen

“A solid follow up to Benn’s first novel. . . . [I] look forward to his next.”—Robert B. Parker

“What a great read, full of action, humor and heart. . . . Equal parts spy thriller, war story and murder mystery, with a dollop of romance that’s never sweet, this is just a terrific book. More please!”—Louise Penny

Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His “uncle” Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

James R. Benn is the author of three previous books in the Billy Boyle series: Billy Boyle, The First Wave, and Blood Alone. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.


Billy Boyle goes to Northern Ireland to keep the Irish Republic out of World War II.


Blackwell North Amer
Billy Boyle is sent by his "Uncle" Ike Eisenhower to Northern Ireland to find stolen weapons and to prevent the Irish Republic from joining the Axis in World War II. Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US army base in Northern Ireland. They might be intended for use in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Tension runs high between the Republic, which is independent, and Protestant-ruled Northern Ireland, still part of Britain despite its heavily Catholic population. It is in Germany's interest to foment an outbreak of hostilities to divert British and US attention from the continent of Europe.
Billy searches for the missing weapons with the help of a beautiful Irish woman, an officer in British Intelligence. Soldiers of the US Army, members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary as well as of local Protestant societies, and local Catholic laymen all come under suspicion. Bodies begin to accumulate, and Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and his own IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781569475935
1569475938
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm

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