By James R. Benn
In his time investigating crimes for either the Boston law enforcement officials and normal Ike's ecu 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 chanced on murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was once discovered at the back of a provide 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 outdoor HQ. The MOs are different, and it kind of feels just like the officials had no connection to one another, yet one scary truth hyperlinks the murders: each one physique was once came across with a unmarried taking part in card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message looks 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 undercover agent challenge, 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 task. And all round him, he sees GIs being affected by wrestle fatigue getting ready for another battle. As the invasion at Anzio starts, Billy must retain a funky head amidst worry and terror because the killer calculates his subsequent strikes.
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Your orders, Lieutenant Boyle, are to proceed immediately to Naples, Italy. I’ve booked you on a flight from Zurich to Lisbon tonight. ” “Yes. The orders came from London. ” “Thanks, Sam,” Diana said, with an edge of bitterness. “I still have three days of leave,” I said, knowing it was futile. “Sorry. I have the orders right here, along with a file,” Julian said, popping open his briefcase. “I believe you,” I said. “It’s got to be important if Colonel Harding sent it. My leave was approved by General Eisenhower, so if he’s overruling that, he’s got good reason.
Galante, dead in front of the sculpture that told a story of death from thousands of years ago. What had he seen in his last moments? Not the beauty of a goddess. ” Diana and I walked along the road, arms wrapped around each other. I didn’t have to apologize. It could have been Kim Philby sending her off suddenly as easily as Julian Dwyer coming for me. We’d both donned our coats without speaking to spend our last few minutes outside, under blue skies. It was quiet away from the hotel, a farm on each side of the road, cowbells sounding from a hillside pasture.
It was all so insane, it was hard to come up with a logical thought. Then I remembered Sammy. “I had a friend in high school, Sammy Vartanian. He was Armenian, and his father used to curse the Turks for killing over a million Armenians in 1915. I’d never heard of it, and I figured maybe Sammy’s old man was off his rocker. So I looked it up in the encyclopedia. Sure enough, there is was. The Armenian Genocide. I figure if something like that happened a few decades ago, and I never heard of it, then you could be right.