The Phantom Patrol (A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery #19) (Hardcover)

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An investigation into a gang of Nazi-affiliated art thieves leads Billy Boyle and his comrades directly into the line of fire at the catastrophic Battle of the Bulge.

Winter 1944: Months after the Liberation of France, ex-Boston cop Billy Boyle finds himself in a Paris reeling from the carnage it has endured but hopeful that an end to war is in sight. When Billy finds a rare piece of artwork after a tense shoot-out in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, he thinks it could be connected to the Syndicat du Renard, a shadowy network of Nazi sympathizers known to be smuggling stolen artwork out of France.

Trailing the Syndicat, Billy discovers that someone with a high level of communications clearance—someone in the Phantom regiment of the British Army—may be using his position to aid the thieves. Billy, determined to stop the abettor, heads up to the frontlines where he experiences a last-ditch battle against overwhelming odds. There, the ruinous Battle of the Bulge unfurls in the Ardennes Forest. Can Billy and his team survive the bracing onslaught and return the stolen artwork to its rightful protectors?

About the Author

James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was selected as a Top Five Book of the Year 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, lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife, Deborah Mandel.

Praise For…

Praise for the Billy Boyle mysteries

“Full of action, humor and heart.”
—Louise Penny

“Benn is a master of suspense; his work builds to the end and never loosens its grip upon the reader.”
—Charles Todd
“As historical detective series go, this one is extremely well tended by an author who clearly dotes on his hero. As do we.”
The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781641295437
ISBN-10: 1641295430
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery