By James R. Benn

ISBN-10: 1616951869

ISBN-13: 9781616951863

In this 7th installment of James R. Benn's hit WWII-era secret sequence, Lieutenant Billy Boyle is going undercover within the Vatican.

Lieutenant Billy Boyle may have used a relaxation after his final case, but if his female friend, Diana Seaton, a British secret agent, is going lacking within the Vatican, the place she used to be operating undercover, he insists on being assigned to a homicide research there so he can attempt to aid her.

An American monsignor is located murdered on the foot of Death's Door, one of many 5 entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica. Wild invoice Donovan, head of the OSS, desires the killing investigated. the truth that the Vatican is impartial territory in German-occupied Rome is just one of the hindrances Billy needs to conquer. First is a harrowing trip, smuggled into Rome whereas warding off the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he needs to navigate Vatican politics and personalities--some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the remaining steadfastly neutral--to research the reality concerning the murdered monsignor. yet that's no longer his in basic terms problem; only a brief stroll from the Vatican border is the notorious Regina Coeli criminal, the place Diana is being held. Can he dare a rescue, or will a failed try out alert the Germans to his undertaking and chance an open violation of Vatican neutrality?

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Not that she sees so well or hears so well or walks so well, but you can’t deny she’s still alive. She’s just more like an old hen than a human being and doesn’t realize that everything has changed. Bubbe Bashe lives in a world all her own. If she has any thoughts, they’re very strange. They must be made of a special material. Sometimes, at nightfall, she bumbles about in the dark. ’’ Bubbe Bashe nods. ‘‘Yes, yes. He’s already said his prayers. ’’ She will depart this world in age-old serenity.

He is thrice silent, once because he has nothing to say, once because he looks down on the yard, and once because he was insulted as a child. This happened thirty-five years ago, when he was a mere boy of ten. Not only was he treated vilely, he was beaten within an inch of his life. In those days Reb Zelmele, still a newcomer from ‘‘deep Russia,’’ was eking out a living by trading in calves. His sons Zishke, Yudke, and Itshke the Goat went from yard to yard foraging for bones, leaving their brother Folye at home.

Uncle Yuda has children of various degrees of importance. Two alone concern us: his daughter Khayaleh and his son Tsalke. ♦♦♦ Finally, a word needs be said about one of the younger Zelmenyaners, Uncle Itshe’s eldest son, Bereh Khvost. Young Bereh is a man among men, a tanner of few words. During the Civil War he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner* for his heroic Zelmenyaner sangfroid in the fighting around Kazan. He also took part in Marshal Gai’s† march on Warsaw. He was almost killed there.

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