By James R. Benn
In his time investigating crimes for either the Boston police officers and basic Ike's eu forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle hasn't encountered a serial killer. yet now it feels like he may--a serial killer with a very scary schedule. officials from the yank troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, now not faraway from Naples, were came across murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was once stumbled on at the back of a provide tent together with his neck snapped. Captain Max Galante, MD, used to be strangled at the comparable evening, and his physique left in a backyard open air HQ. The MOs are totally different, and it kind of feels just like the officials had no connection to one another, yet one scary truth hyperlinks the murders: every one physique used to be came across with a unmarried taking part in card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message appears to be like clear--if the assassin isn't really apprehended, the greater ranks might be subsequent. Billy is distributed to Italy for the research, which grows more and more sinister. yet he has different issues on his brain, too. His female friend, Diana, is on a truly harmful secret agent project, and Billy does not recognize when--or if--he'll see her back. To make issues worse, Billy's simply discovered that his child brother, Danny, is being despatched over to Europe as an infantry substitute, an exceptionally risky project. And all round him, he sees GIs being affected by strive against fatigue getting ready for another battle. As the invasion at Anzio starts off, Billy must continue a funky head amidst worry and terror because the killer calculates his subsequent strikes.
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Was Galante killed by one of his own? Had this spot been chosen for some reason other than its seclusion? The jack of hearts stuck out of Galante’s pocket, just as the ten was positioned in Landry’s. Side-by-side shots of the two cards, front and back, showed that they were from the same pack—or at least the same kind of pack—and apparently unused. Probably no fingerprints. Maybe Galante and Landry had been in a card game together and kept souvenirs. Maybe they’d won big, and a killer, or killers, had decided to grab their cash.
Of Fifth Army medical staff. ” The waiter came to our table with a tray of warm rolls, butter and jams. Conversation ceased as he laid everything out. As soon as he was gone, I buttered a roll, not knowing when or where my next meal might be. “Forgive me for asking, Julian,” Diana said, flashing him a warm smile, “but terrible as these murders are, they don’t seem to warrant your presence here. Why the orders from London? ” “Like the lieutenant said, I’m only the messenger. But there is something here that may explain it.
She rubbed the moisture away and stared at the traffic, the streetlights, the glow from windows—all the signs of normalcy that had become so abnormal in these years of war. She blinked rapidly as the tears returned, and one dropped onto the back of my hand. ” I asked. “Long and sad,” she said. ” She gripped my hand until her knuckles turned white. We drove on through the peaceful streets in silence broken only by the sound of muffled sobs. CHAPTER TWO THE HOTEL TURCONI was located just north of Chiasso.
A Mortal Terror: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn