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The White Ghost by James R. Benn
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In a book set out of chronological order, Billy Boyle and his sort-of brother in law 'Kaz' Kazimierz are whisked from North Africa to the South Pacific in August of 1943, and given the assignment of clearing John F. Kennedy's name of a murder charge not long after the sinking of PT-109. The plot was fast and compelling, although the solution was pretty compelling from about the middle of the book. I found it not particularly memorable, but it was an entertaining read. ( )
  bezoar44 | Aug 27, 2016 |
Benn fills a gap in Billy's military life by sending him to resolve a murder possibly affecting a PT boat commander and future US president. Billy is in the S Pacific, after the capture of Guadalcanal and during the subsequent Solomon Islands campaign, aptly and accurately portrayed by the author. Murders among the horrific combat with the fanatic Japanese are investigated by Billy and Kaz. while involving them in several quite plausible combat scenarios. Sticking to the typical police procedure mantra that sex or money cause most murders leads them to a most unlikely,perpetrator. The chase concludes in strange but suitable solution. ( )
  jamespurcell | Feb 29, 2016 |
I can tell I'm going to love this, and will have a massive case of withdrawal after finishing it. Might need to go back and re-read the series from the start, soon. Just until the next book comes out. ( )
  ewillse | Jan 18, 2016 |
From the preface (explaining the time jump backward in Billy Boyle's service) to the very end, I was kept guessing at both the true nature of the crime and the perpetrator. Billy and Kaz head to the Solomon Islands, to investigate a murder that happened shortly after a PT boat was destroyed, one captained by another Bostonian, young Jack Kennedy. Benn does a great job using a real historical figure without getting too cheesy. Per usual, Billy faces some resistance from officers wondering why he has so much lee-way in investigating a crime that soon captures more victims. I don't know a whole lot about the Pacific Theater in WWII, but found the information about the Australians, and natives of the Islands being Coastwatchers very interesting. And yet another book this year that touches on Amelia Earhart. Benn bases a character in the book Deanna Reynolds, on a nurse that is evacuated to Guadalcanal during the early part of the war and is rumored to be Amelia. It's bits of history, mixed with the fictionalized murder that make these Billy Boyle books so good. ( )
  ethel55 | Oct 2, 2015 |
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"1943: In the midst of the brutal, hard-fought Solomon Islands campaign between the Allies and the Japanese forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle receives an odd assignment: he's sent by the powerful Kennedy family to investigate a murder in which PT skipper (and future president) Jack Kennedy has been implicated. The victim is a native coastwatcher, an allied intelligence operative, whom Kennedy discovered on the island of Tulagi with his head bashed in. That's Kennedy's story, anyhow. Kennedy was recovering in the Navy hospital on the island after the sinking of his PT-109 motor torpedo boat. The military hasn't decided yet whether to make him a hero for surviving the attack, or have him court-martialed for losing the boat, and the last thing the Kennedy clan wants is a murder charge hanging over his head. Billy knows firsthand that he shouldn't trust Jack: the man is a charmer, a womanizer, and, when it suits his needs, a liar. But would he kill someone in cold blood? And if so, why? The first murder is followed by two more, and to find the killer, Billy must sort through a tangled, shifting web of motives and identities, even as combat rages all around him"--… (more)

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