By James R. Benn
In his time investigating crimes for either the Boston police officers and normal Ike's eu forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle hasn't encountered a serial killer. yet now it appears 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 chanced on murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was once came across at the back of a offer tent along with his neck snapped. Captain Max Galante, MD, used to be strangled at the related evening, and his physique left in a backyard outdoors HQ. The MOs are different, and it sort of feels just like the officials had no connection to one another, yet one scary truth hyperlinks the murders: each one physique used to be stumbled on with a unmarried enjoying card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems clear--if the assassin is not apprehended, the larger ranks may 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 risky secret agent undertaking, 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 harmful task. 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 hold a funky head amidst worry and terror because the killer calculates his subsequent strikes.
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Cm. ISBN 978-1-56947-994-0 eISBN 978-1-56947-995-7 1. Boyle, Billy (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. World War, 1939-1945—Italy—Fiction. 3. Soldiers—Crimes against—Fiction. Americans—Italy—Fiction. 5. Serial murder investigation—Fiction. I. Title. 6—dc22 2011018081 Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 This book is for— Camille Claudia Emma Luke Nathaniel Noah Oliver The future. swift there came a mortal terror; voices that I knew. The Epic of Hades, Book II, Actaeon Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Part One Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Part Two Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventen Chapter Eighteen Part Three Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-One Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-Three Chapter Twenty-Four Chapter Twenty-Five Chapter Twenty-Six Chapter Twenty-Seven Chapter Twenty-Eight Chapter Twenty-Nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-One Chapter Thirty-Two Chapter Thirty-Three Chapter Thirty-Four Chapter Thirty-Five Chapter Thirty-Six Chapter Thirty-Seven Chapter Thirty-Eight Chapter Thirty-Nine Chapter Forty Part Four Chapter Forty-One Epilogue Author’s Note Acknowledgments PART ONE Switzerland CHIASSO, SWITZERLAND SWISS-ITALIAN BORDER January 1944 CHAPTER ONE KIM PHILBY OWED me one.