“Billy Boyle gets better and better. This is a must-read series.”
“The tension between a murder investigation and wartime action has always been at the heart of this series — How can one killing matter in a world where hundreds die every day? — but here it is ramped up to a new level, in terms of both suspense and character development. Working with recently declassified documents about the Solomon Islands Campaign, Benn spins an absolute corker of a war story. The best of an always satisfying series. ”
–BOOKLIST, starred review, on The White Ghost
Benn's tightly woven plotting shines here, along with his deft characterizations that allow him to show the inevitable disaster between Billy and the young JFK but also make room for gradual changes through the book. He has ample room in the black history of the Kennedy clan from those years, for framing both criminal and immoral circumstances. This is also a great opportunity for Benn to highlight Billy and Kaz as a team isolated from their usual supports, working out the lay of the land (and water) in this military-overrun seascape.
-Beth Kannell, Kingdom Books
Billy's 10th case (The Rest Is Silence, 2014, etc.) features a delicious premise, a full-bodied portrait of young JFK, and a beautifully textured look at military life in World War II.
Benn peppers the plot with descriptions of breathtaking Japanese and Melanesian battles. Replete with riveting and beautiful descriptions of the customs, rituals, and geography of these beautiful islands, this makes for great historical fiction for readers who crave a good mystery as well as a good war story.
–Historical Novel Society
“A complex tale that maps the human cost of warfare in the South Pacific — and delivers a deft portrait of a young Jack Kennedy struggling to recover from the losses of PT-109. Poignant and riveting.”
—Francine Mathews, author of JACK 1939
“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.”
“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.”
"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
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SOUVENIR is a novel of memory, identity and loss. Clay Brock is trying to forget. Forget a harsh childhood during the Depression, horrific combat in the frigid Ardennes Forest, and a terrible personal loss. But as he finds, as a young father in the 1960s and as an old man in a new and unfamiliar century, those moments of the past have not stood still.
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