“ Benn follows up his first World War II mystery (Billy Boyle) with another danger-filled episode and delivers a cross-genre tale that is at once spy story, soldier story, and hard-Boyled detective.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“The period details are spot-on and Billy . . . continues to make a thoroughly engaging detective.”—The Denver Post
“Part Indiana Jones derring-do and part grown-up adventure novel with spies, black marketers, loyal and dastardly French, and the reliably evil Nazis. If you like World War II historical crime novels, you’ll love this one.”—Mystery Scene
“The First Wave is first rate.”—I Love a Mystery newsletter
“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
“Certain to appeal to WWII fiction fans.”—Booklist
Billy’s task is to help arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces in Algeria. But dissension among the regular army, the militia, and DeGaulle’s Free French allows blackmarketeers in league with the enemy to divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders. Billy must find the killers while trying to rescue the girl he loves—a British spy.
About The First Wave
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
“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.” —Denver Post