Local favorite James R. Benn returns to Savoy Bookshop and Café to discuss The Devouring. The latest in the popular Billy Boyle series, this World War II mystery has operatives Billy and Kaz confronting the dangers that exist when money changes hands in wartime France and Switzerland. Are the Swiss compliant with Nazis? Stop by Savoy at 7:00 to find out. No RSVP is needed for this free, public event where you can grab a Grey Sail beer and your next Billy Boyle read! Both beverages and books will be available for purchase during the event.
About The Devouring
When Captain Billy Boyle and his friend Lieutenant Piotr Kazimierz are sent to neutral Switzerland to work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions. With the talks about to begin and the Gestapo ever present, the OSS wants Billy and Kaz to protect the participants, which turns out to be a very deadly task. Plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crashland in France and make their way through occupied territory to the border. They meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. Billy and Kaz will need Anton's help because the soon discover that Swiss banks are openly laundering gold "harvested" from concentration camps. When those who are profiting from Nazi exploitation will do everything they can to protect their wealth, Billy and Kaz will require false credentials at the border to uncover the dark secrets that lie on the other side - if they can make it alive.
About James Benn
James R. Benn is a former information technology specialist who splits his time between Hadlyme, Connecticut and Florida's Gulf Coast. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University, Benn is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and the Author's Guild. His series set within the Allied High Command during WWII is now on its 12th book. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of five top mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense, and its subsequent titles have been nominated for several literary awards. Besides the Billy Boyle series, Benn is also the author of standalone novels Souvenir and On Desperate Ground.
A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis in World War II, and US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate.