Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins

By Max Allan Collins

It’s 1962, and 20th Century Fox is threatening to fireside Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, deepest eye to the celebs, to faucet her cellphone so she's going to have a checklist in their calls in case they take her to court docket. while Heller begins listening, he uncovers excess of nasty conversations. The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are enthusiastic about activities considering Marilyn. She’s the vital American cultural icon, idolized via girls, 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 lifeless 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 will be answerable for Marilyn’s demise, he realizes that what has develop into his such a lot hard project can also be the top of him. PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to lifestyles a brilliant star-studded forged, 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 suggestion might happen…but most likely did.

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Down the beach, the voices of young people, teenagers probably, laughed and shouted, distant, like memories. In a yellow polo shirt, white slacks and sandals, wearing sunglasses, Peter Lawford was semi-reclined in a lounge-style deck chair next to a small white metal table. He was reading Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter. That was my first clue to something being amiss—like me, he was more the Harold Robbins type; that had to be Pat’s book. On the white table was a pitcher of what was probably martinis, but the only glass was in Lawford’s hand.

Roger, you mean,” I said. “Yeah. You recommended him to me, or anyway your partner, Rubinski, did. I used Pryor a couple of times now and he seems reliable. ” “Far as it goes. ” He hitched his shoulders. ” “Roger says he made you aware of the fact that our glorious president is fucking her. ” I blinked. ” “No! ” My head bobbed back, like I’d taken a punch. Then I almost laughed. “That’s just silly, Jim. Bob’s a family man. ” His face scrunched into a cagey mask. “Maybe. ” He’d brought it up. But why press it, and anyway, this was horseshit.

So much for safely in Detroit. I motioned for him to return the pencil, he did, and I wrote: Wants to see me? And he nodded. The guy with the dumb eyes was frowning, as if this entire exchange had been something mysterious. Did I mention I didn’t even have my shoulder holster along? Not that it mattered, since my ninemillimeter had moved from the nightstand to between shirts in my suitcase, to prevent alarm on the part of Beverly Hills Hotel housekeeping. “I’ll be glad to go,” I said, getting out from behind the desk, “right now.

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