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The White Ghost: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery    by James R. Benn order for
White Ghost
by James R. Benn
Order:  USA  Can
Soho, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this tenth novel in the mystery series set during World War II, the military investigator and his sidekick, Lieutenant Piotr Augustus Kazimierz (a Polish Army officer in exile), are sent to the South Pacific to investigate the murder of a native coast watcher.

This is an unexpected assignment until Billy realizes he was requested to handle the investigation by the powerful Kennedy family. Being from Boston and having known Jack Kennedy as a youth, Billy was called in because the PT commander's name has been linked to the crime.

Recovering from the collision his boat had with a Japanese naval vessel, Kennedy is willing to prove his innocence, but that means Billy must find the real killer. A few more deaths underscore the need to unmask the person responsible for the crimes and, with time running out, Billy and his buddy, Kaz, are going to be hard-pressed to see justice done in an active combat zone.

The inclusion of JKF makes for an interesting element in this mystery because, as the reader will see, the Boyle and Kennedy families have a bit of a history. That means Billy has mixed emotions about trying to prove Jack has nothing to do with the crimes.

This is the first novel I have read in this unusual series and I may try to find some of the earlier ones to get caught up on Billy's adventures, which are set in various locations. The idea of having these mysteries unfold during World War II is an interesting one because the author includes a goodly amount of information about the war zone and what was happening at the time. For example, in The White Ghost, the conflict in the Solomon Islands was as much a factor in the story as the search for the killer.

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