THE REST IS SILENCE has been nominated by Deadly Pleasures magazine as one of five mysteries in the Best Novel category for 2015!
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“Benn offers a thrilling mix of fact and fiction in his ninth whodunit featuring Boston cop-turned-army investigator Billy Boyle...the path to the truth is appropriately complex. The affable and capable Boyle continues to grow as a character, and Benn effectively uses the impending Allied invasion of Europe as the background for the whodunit plot.”
—Publisher's Weekly


“This Billy Boyle World War II mystery is an exceptionally written book…the plot and historical sights and sounds are top-notch. Whether a reader holds WWII books or suspense books close to their heart, this one will be a true find.”

—Suspense Magazine (full review to be published in the September magazine)


"A double-edged sword of a novel. A ripping murder mystery and a meditation on the terrible costs of war—hidden and otherwise.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman


Barry-Award nominated The Rest Is Silence

A BLIND GODDESS, the 8th Billy Boyle WWII mystery: long-listed for the Dublin Literary Award.



Selected Works

Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series
The eighth novel in the series tackled racism and segregation in the US Army. As well as murder...
From the Mysterious Review, on Death's Door: "The 'Billy Boyle, World War II' mysteries are among the most consistently well written and researched crime novels published today, and are highly recommended."
"Taut pacing and great characters." --Crimespree Magazine
"An utterly splendid novel."
--Cornelia Read
"James Benn is a wonderful writer, and Blood Alone is terrific."
--Joseph Finder
"A solid follow up to Benn's first novel, The First Wave makes me look forward to his next."
--Robert B. Parker
"This book has got it all - an instant classic." --Lee Child. "Benn's novel flashes through the mind like celluloid images of Leslie Howard, Greer Garson and Peter Lorre" --The Guardian
"A thrilling, fast-paced book..." Mystery Scene Magazine.

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