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  • Sublime . . . complex and riveting.--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post Book World A vivid picture of modern Chinese society . . . a work of real distinction.--The Wall Street Journal [A] terrific series. . . . [Qius] perspective on China gives the mystery genre a cultural twist and unusual direction that make his books unique and well worth reading.--The Rocky Mountain News Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is taking a vacation, in part because he is annoyed at his boss, Party Secretary Li, but also because he has been made an offer he cant refuse by Gu, a triad-connected businessman. For what seems to be a fortune--with no apparent strings attached-- he is to translate a business proposal for the New World, a complex of shops and restaurants to be built in Central Shanghai, evoking nostalgia for the glitter and glamour of the 1930s.
    It is up to Detective Yu, Chens partner, to take charge of a new case. Yin, a novelist, has been murdered in her room. At first it seems that only a neighbor could have committed the crime, but when one confesses, Yu cannot believe that he is really the killer. As Yu looks further into Yins life, ample motives begin to surface, even on the part of Internal Security. But it is only when Inspector Chen steps back into the investigation that the culprit is apprehended. And then Chen discover how Gu has played him and how he, in turn, can play the new capitalist system.
    Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai and received an MA in English and American literature in China. He received a PhD in comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where he now teaches. He is the author of Death of a Red Heroine, which has now been translated into seven languages, and A Loyal Character Dancer, both available in paperback from Soho Crime.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais A Mortal Terror

    James R Benn

    In his time investigating crimes for both the Boston cops and General Ike's European forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle hasn't encountered a serial killer. But now it looks like he may--a serial killer with a particularly frightening agenda.
    Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was found behind a supply tent with his neck snapped. Captain Max Galante, MD, was strangled on the same night, and his body left in a garden outside HQ. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the Lieutenant, the ten of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear--if the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next.
    Billy is sent to Italy for the investigation, which grows increasingly sinister. But he has other things on his mind, too. His girlfriend, Diana, is on a very dangerous spy mission, and Billy doesn't know when--or if--he'll see her again. To make matters worse, Billy's just learned that his baby brother, Danny, is being sent over to Europe as an infantry replacement, an incredibly dangerous assignment. And all around him, he sees GIs suffering from combat fatigue preparing for another battle. As the invasion at Anzio begins, Billy needs to keep a cool head amidst fear and terror a the killer calculates his next moves.

  • Anglais Billy Boyle

    James R Benn

    This book has got it all--an instant classic.--Lee Child, author of The Hard Way It is a pleasure marching off to war with the spirited Billy Boyle. He is a charmer, richly imagined and vividly rendered, and he tells a finely suspenseful yarn.--Dan Fesperman, author of The Prisoner of Guantanamo Whats a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop whos never been out of Massa-chusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, hed barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight--and perhaps die--for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator.
    Billy is dispatched to the seat of the Norwegian government in exile. Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned, but it is feared that there is a German spy amongst the Norwegians.
    Billy doubts his own abilities, with good reason. A theft and two murders test his investigative powers, but Billy proves to be a better detective than he or anyone else expected.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Rag and Bone

    James R Benn

    Billy Boyle is sent to London to investigate the murder of a Soviet official. Was it random or revenge for the recently uncovered mass graves of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest? Scotland Yard suspects Billy's friend Kaz, now working for the Polish Government in Exile. With a diplomatic crisis looming, Billy must find the killer and save his friend.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Death's Door

    James R Benn

    In this seventh installment of James R. Benns hit WWII-era mystery series, Lieutenant Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican.
    Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.
    An American monsignor is found murdered at the foot of Death's Door, one of the five entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica. Wild Bill Donovan, head of the OSS, wants the killing investigated. The fact that the Vatican is neutral territory in German-occupied Rome is only one of the obstacles Billy must overcome. First is a harrowing journey, smuggled into Rome while avoiding the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he must navigate Vatican politics and personalities--some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the rest steadfastly neutral--to learn the truth about the murdered monsignor. But that's not his only concern; just a short walk from the Vatican border is the infamous Regina Coeli prison, where Diana is being held. Can he dare a rescue, or will a failed attempt alert the Germans to his mission and risk an open violation of Vatican neutrality?

  • Anglais Blood Alone

    James R Benn

    Praise for the Billy Boyle series:
    The brash kid from Southie is still open, direct and fearless in his manner (and in his wonderfully loose-jointed use of the English language) and in no danger of losing his cover as a happy-go-lucky Yank. But even amid the excitement of the spirited wartime storytelling, Benn allows Boyles experiences to change him in ways both subtle and dramatic.--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review Thoroughly enjoyable.--The Seattle Times This series brings WWII alive.--Deadly Pleasures Great fun. Benn knows his war history.--The Globe and Mail Kudos to author Benn . . . and heres hoping that Billy will continue to make his way through his Uncle Ikes world for many titles to come.--Bookslut.com Billy Boyle awakens in a field hospital in Sicily with amnesia. In his pocket is a yellow silk handkerchief embroidered with the initial L. Gradually he remembers: he has been sent ashore in advance of the troops with this token from Lucky Luciano to contact the head of the Sicilian Mafia. But he must also thwart a murderous band of counterfeiters of Army scrip led by Vito Genovese.
    James R. Benn is the author of Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery, selected by Book Sense as one of the top five mysteries of 2006 and nominated for a Dilys Award.

  • Anglais Evil for Evil

    James R Benn

    Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His uncle Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons, which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The First Wave

    James R Benn

    Praise for the Billy Boyle series:
    A meaty, old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable tale of WWII-era murder and espionage.--The Seattle Times The World War II atmosphere and history are expertly handled.--Denver Post Great fun. Benn knows his war history. . . . The novel introduces a batch of intriguing characters who seem destined to make another appearance.--The Globe and Mail (Toronto) A memorable debut.--BookPage A must for history buffs and mystery fans.--Connecticut Post If you enjoy World War II mysteries . . . youll love this book. . . . One of the best books Ive read this year.--Mystery Scene Benn crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color.--Kirkus Reviews Ill look for another book about Billy Boyle, with pleasure.--Deadly Pleasures Lieutenant Billy Boyle reluctantly accompanies Major Samuel Harding, his boss, in the first boat to land on the shores of Algeria during the Allied invasion. Their task is to arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces. But there is dissension between the regular army, the local militia, and De Gaulles Free French. American black marketeers in league with the enemy divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders that Billy must solve while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Until the French government declassified documents concerning their ignominious defeat at Dien Bien Phu, Madam Daeng's past had been a well-kept secret. Now Dr Siri's wife is vulnerable and being stalked by a killer. But when Dr Siri whisks her away for a romantic working weekend, they encounter an even greater threat. For Dr Siri falls under the spell of a beautiful witch they call the Used-To-Be Woman.

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