By James R. Benn
March, 1944: US military Lieutenant Billy Boyle, again in England after a perilous challenge in Italy, is due for a bit R&R, and in addition a promoting. however the now-Captain Boyle doesn't get to chill and revel in his rest time simply because provoking situations fall into his lap right now.
The first is a private request from an estranged buddy: Sergeant Eugene "Tree" Jackson, who grew up with Billy in Boston, is a part of the 617th Tank Destroyers, the all-African American battalion poised to make historical past via being the U.S. Army's first combatant African American corporation. yet making historical past isn't effortless, and the 617th faces racism at each flip. one in all Tree's males, a gunner named indignant Smith, has been arrested for a criminal offense he very likely didn't devote, and faces the gallows if the genuine killer isn't came across. Tree is aware US most sensible brass won't care approximately justice during this example, and asks Billy if he'll inspect it.
But Billy can't use any of his leave to enquire, simply because British intelligence agent significant Cosgrove places him on a weird and wonderful and mild case. A British accountant has been murdered in an English village, and he might or would possibly not have had a few reference to the USA Army--Billy doesn't understand, simply because Cosgrove won't inform him. Billy is meant to enter the village and examine the homicide, yet every thing turns out fishy--he's no longer allowed to interrogate convinced key witnesses, and his neighbors and helpers preserve being whisked away. Billy is stressed approximately no matter if Cosgrove even wishes him to resolve the homicide, and why.
The excellent news is the mysterious homicide provides Billy an excuse to spend time in and round the village the place Tree and his unit are stationed. If he's fortunate, probably he can resolve either mysteries--and keep a couple of blameless existence.
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