Search - List of Books by James R. Benn

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series. Born in 1949, Benn lives in Connecticut with his wife Deborah Mandel, a psychotherapist.

The fictional character Billy Boyle comes from an Irish-American family in Boston with Irish Republican leanings, providing a counterpoint to the traditional war story. The Boyle clan is anti-English because of their Irish heritage, and Billy's belief system is challenged as he goes to war on the side of the British.

The first novel in the series, Billy Boyle, was published by Soho Press in 2006. The title character is a military detective on the staff of General Dwight David Eisenhower, and is charged with investigating crimes which threaten the war effort. Billy Boyle was short-listed for the Dilys Award.

The second book in the series, The First Wave (2007), took place during the invasion of French Northwest Africa in Operation Torch.

The third, Blood Alone, featured an amnesiac Billy Boyle during the invasion of Sicily, Operation Husky.

The fourth book in the series, Evil For Evil, takes on this conflict directly as Billy Boyle is sent to Northern Ireland to investigate the theft of weapons from an army base. The following review highlights this plot development.

"A twisting, turning plot drives Benn’s gripping fourth WWII mystery to feature Lt. Billy Boyle . . . As an Irish-American whose family is sympathetic to the Republican cause, Billy struggles to remain impartial as he investigates the various factions on both sides of the Catholic-Protestant divide. Benn offers no easy answers in this rich mix of Irish history and wartime intrigue."...Publishers Weekly


The fifth title in the series, Rag And Bone (September 2010) deals with the impact of the revelations concerning the Katyn Forest Massacre on the Allies, as a Soviet official is found murdered in London.

Image:BillyBoyle.jpg|Billy Boyle cover artImage:Rag&Bone.jpg|Rag And Bone cover art
This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article "James R. Benn", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
Total Books: 28
The Rest is Silence
2014 - The Rest Is Silence (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781616952662
ISBN-10: 1616952660
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?

A Blind Goddess
2013 - A Blind Goddess [Billy Boyle: World War II, Bk 8] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781616951924
ISBN-10: 1616951923
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3

Billy Boyle A World War II Mystery
2013 - Billy Boyle a World War II Mystery [Passport to Crime: Billy Boyle] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781616953553
ISBN-10: 1616953551
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Death's Door
2013 - Death's Door [Billy Boyle] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781616952945
ISBN-10: 1616952946
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3

Traumatized The Story of a State Trooper
2013 - Traumatized the Story of a State Trooper (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780615816616
ISBN-10: 0615816614
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Medical Books
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?

A Mortal Terror
2012 - A Mortal Terror (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781616951627
ISBN-10: 1616951621
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

On Desperate Ground
2012 - On Desperate Ground (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781617567605
ISBN-10: 1617567604
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?

Souvenir
2012 - Souvenir (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781617567612
ISBN-10: 1617567612
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?

A Mortal Terror A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
2011 - A Mortal Terror a Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781569479940
ISBN-10: 1569479941
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2

Rag and Bone
2011 - Rag and Bone [Billy Boyle, Bk 5] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781569479964
ISBN-10: 1569479968
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Billy Boyle
2011 - Billy Boyle [Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781569479704
ISBN-10: 1569479704
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 4

Rag and Bone A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
2010 - Rag and Bone a Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781569478493
ISBN-10: 156947849X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3

Evil for Evil A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
2010 - Evil for Evil a Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781569478516
ISBN-10: 1569478511
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 4

Evil for Evil
2009 - Evil for Evil [Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Bk 4 - Large Print] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781410421067
ISBN-10: 1410421066
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Blood Alone
2009 - Blood Alone [Billy Boyle : World War II, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781569475959
ISBN-10: 1569475954
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3

The First Wave
2009 - The First Wave [Billy Boyle World War II Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781597229289
ISBN-10: 1597229288
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2

Billy Boyle Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
2009 - Billy Boyle Billy Boyle World War II Mystery [Wheeler Large Print Book Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781597228916
ISBN-10: 1597228915
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Desperate Ground
2004 - Desperate Ground (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780974408484
ISBN-10: 0974408484
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  ?