A Mortal Terror

The Wall Street Journal praises A MORTAL TERROR:
"...a fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance. As Boyle reflects after a fleeting assignation with his English girlfriend, an always-in-danger secret agent: 'We laughed, but I can't say we were happy...We slept, but could not rest.'"

Mystery Scene magazine reviews A MORTAL TERROR
"a thrilling, fast-paced book...Benn skillfully blends the mystery of the murders and the violence of the war into one fantastic, satisfying whole"
LA Examiner review of "A Mortal Terror"
"masterful...well-crafted...vivid...a great read"

Independent Mystery Booksellers Association:
IMBA names A MORTAL TERROR a "Killer Book"!

Library Journal gives A Mortal Terror a STARRED Review!
War has taken its toll on First Lt. Billy Boyle, and heís not alone in his misery. Itís January 1944, and heís trying to figure out why he has been dispatched to Naples in his sixth outing (after Rag and Bone). If youíre new to the series, Billy, a police detective back home, works for his Uncle Ike (yes, that Ike) as a military private investigator. Simply put, the general trusts Billy because heís family. In this captivating episode, a serial killer from the inside (dubbed the Red Heart Killer because he leaves playing cards on his victims) is targeting Allied officers, moving systematically up the ranks, and itís getting pretty tense in the officersí quarters. Billy is under the gun to find the madman before he runs out of cards. VERDICT Jump right in with this winner of a historical detective entry; donít worry if you havenít read all the others (I hadnít). Benn does a superb job of simultaneously capturing the personal anguish of war and creating a splendid adventure novel.

The September issue of Booklist says A MORTAL TERROR is:
"Solid wartime adventure, well grounded in historical detail, and boasting a challenging mystery to boot."

Mystery Scene magazine called A MORTAL TERROR "A thrilling, fast-paced book..."