By Max Allan Collins
It’s 1962, and 20th Century Fox is threatening to fireplace Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, deepest eye to the celebrities, to faucet her mobilephone so she is going to have a list in their calls in case they take her to court docket. while Heller begins listening, he uncovers way over nasty conversations. The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are focused on activities excited about Marilyn. She’s the necessary American cultural icon, idolized by means of ladies, wanted through males, yet her deepest existence is... complicated...and her connection to the Kennedys makes her an item of curiosity to a couple events with sinister intentions. no longer lengthy after Heller symptoms on, Marilyn lands up useless of a handy overdose. The detective feels he owes her, and the Kennedys, with whom he busted up corrupt unions within the Fifties. yet now, as Heller investigates all attainable people—famous, notorious, or deeply cloaked—who could be answerable for Marilyn’s loss of life, he realizes that what has develop into his such a lot hard project can also be the tip of him. PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to lifestyles a shiny star-studded solid, from JFK and RFK to Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, from Jimmy Hoffa and Joe DiMaggio to Hugh Hefner and Sam Giancana. Bye Bye, child is a Hollywood story you by no means idea might happen…but most likely did.
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This group included Snyder and other hair and makeup techs, as well as Marilyn’s acting coach, Paula Strasberg, a fat witchy-looking figure in a black muumuu. Another slant board was waiting for Marilyn between takes, but the truth is—except for a lunch break, which for her was coffee—she never got completely out of the pool, once she got in. She just swam happily, the center of attention in the elaborate set in the cavernous soundstage, queen of her domain. At first—when she slipped out of the blue terry-cloth robe, and into the pool—she wore a flesh-colored swimsuit.
Jeez,” Sam said, elbow out the rolled-down window. ” The streets of this soundstage city had once been hopping with cowboys and Indians, pirates and dancing girls. Even the trees and lawns were brown and dying—palms and ferns, too. Had they cut off the water? Or had the water company cut off Fox? As per Pat Newcomb’s instructions, I drove directly to Marilyn’s recently constructed bungalow, which had the look of a small prefab suburban house. I left Sam in the Jag and went up to the door, where a security guard was on watch; I showed my special pass, and he knocked for me.
And that’s what we’re doing. ” She turned her big blue eyes on me, very wide. “I guess it hasn’t hit the papers yet. ” “Dean. Dean Martin? ” “Yeah, guy who used to work with Jerry Lewis. ” Her smile was fetchingly smug. “Those smart-asses at Fox didn’t think to look at his contract—he has costar approval! … Lee Remick? ” Newcomb was smiling. “That’s right. ’” “He’s a sweetie,” Marilyn said, and her eyes got misty. “I mean, it’s touching, isn’t it? That kind of loyalty? ” She swallowed, and Newcomb went over and gave her a hug, then moved away, saying, “I better get out of here.