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When hell struck twelve / James R. Benn.

Benn, James R., author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781616959630
  • ISBN: 1616959630
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [2019]

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Summary, etc.: August, 1944: US Army Captain Billy Boyle is assigned to track down a French traitor, code named Atlantik, who is delivering classified Allied plans to German leaders in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also hot on his trail, and out for blood, after Atlantik's previous betrayals led to the death of many of their members. But the plans Atlantik carries were leaked on purpose, a ruse devised by a colonel to obscure the Allied army's real intentions to bypass Paris in a race to the German border. Now Billy and Kaz are assigned to the Resistance with orders to not let them capture the traitor: the deception campaign is too important. Playing a delicate game, the chase must be close enough to spur the traitor on and visible enough to insure the Germans trust Atlantik. The outcome of the war may well depend on it.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* As the Allied forces move farther inland from the beaches of Normandy, the problem of Paris looms large. Invade the capital, risking the destruction of one of the world's great cities, or skirt it, forcing long-suffering Parisians to await liberation still longer? That question drives the fourteenth installment in Benn's long-running WWII series starring Captain Billy Boyle, special investigator assigned to General Eisenhower's staff. As Boyle and his friend and colleague, Polish baron Kaz Kazimierz, have become involved with the French Resistance (first in Blue Madonna, 2016, and then in Solemn Graves, 2018), this consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far. Using historical information about the debate over Paris, Benn concocts a fictional plan designed by Eisenhower to camouflage the Allies' decision to bypass the City of Light in the march to Germany. But when the plan, intentionally put into the hands of a traitor to the Resistance, changes, it becomes imperative that Billy and Kaz find the traitor before he can reach the gestapo in Paris. What follows is a grandly suspenseful, old-school war story, in which Billy, fueled by German Panzer Pills (methamphetamines), races across darkened Paris streets, intent on helping to save the city from destruction. Along the way, Billy must contend not only with the Nazis but also with various Resistance groups warring among themselves. Benn's portrayal of the gallifmaufry of competing Resistance groups, whose bullets, Billy learns, kill you just as dead as the Germans' more powerful weaponry, adds a fascinating dimension to this exciting story of the sometimes-deadly chaos that accompanied the liberation of Paris. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of five top mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee, A Blind Goddess was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Rest Is Silence was a Barry Award nominee, and The Devouring was a Macavity Award nominee. Benn, a former librarian, splits his time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and Connecticut with his wife, Deborah Mandel.

Genre: Historical fiction.
War stories.
Mystery fiction.
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