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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781616959630
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 360
  • RRP: $46.00

When Hell Struck Twelve




US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kaz are assigned to the French Resistance with delicate orders: help them with their mission, but only enough to keep up a deception campaign—the outcome of the war depends on it.

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.

  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781616959630
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 360
  • RRP: $46.00

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Praise for When Hell Struck Twelve

Praise for the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries “Spirited wartime storytelling.” —The New York Times Book Review “A fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance.” The Wall Street Journal “Full of action, humor and heart.” —Louise Penny   “[A] thrilling battle of wits between a dogged US investigator and cunning killer. Deft, gritty, and real as a howitzer blast." —Andrew Gross, bestselling author of The One Man   “Benn's Billy Boyle mysteries are always entertaining . . . Benn's research is admirable and the expert way in which he uses this historical data to tell a riveting story is brilliant . . . Historical mysteries just don't get any better than this.”Seattle Post-Intelligencer   "Cleverly told . . . the book weaves fascinating military facts with obscure historical details about the islands and native life."  The Arizona Republic   "These creations just keep getting better and better." —Suspense Magazine   "Exceptional . . . Benn has never been better at integrating a whodunit plot line with a realistic depiction of life on or near the battlefield." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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