Bye Bye, Baby (Nate Heller #15)

by Max Allan Collins | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0765321793 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 6/27/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, June 27, 2011
Bye Bye Baby (ARC)
Author: Max Allan Collins
It’s 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, private eye to the stars, to tap her phone so she will have a record of their calls in case they take her to court. When Heller starts listening, he uncovers far more than nasty conversations. The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are involved in actions focused on Marilyn. She’s the quintessential American cultural icon, idolized by women, desired by men, but her private life is... complicated...and her connection to the Kennedys makes her an object of interest to some parties with sinister intentions.

Not long after Heller signs on, Marilyn winds up dead of a convenient overdose. The detective feels he owes her, and the Kennedys, with whom he busted up corrupt unions in the 1950s. But now, as Heller investigates all possible people—famous, infamous, or deeply cloaked—who might be responsible for Marilyn’s death, he realizes that what has become his most challenging assignment may also be the end of him.

PI Nathan Heller returns in his first new novel in a decade, as Max Allan Collins brings to life a vivid star-studded cast, from JFK and RFK to Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, from Jimmy Hoffa and Joe DiMaggio to Hugh Hefner and Sam Giancana. Bye Bye, Baby is a Hollywood tale you never thought could happen…but probably did.

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, February 6, 2023
Max Allan Collins is a very prolific mystery writer who has written comics and graphic novels including Road to Perdition and scores of crime novels including several mystery series. These include his Quarry, Nathan Heller, Nolan, and Disaster series. I have read several of his novels and really enjoy them, especially the Heller series which is about a Chicago private investigator who gets involved in famous crimes and meets famous people of the 1930s and 1940s and gets involved in such cases as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Black Dahlia, and the Amelia Earhart disappearance. The novels continue on into the 1960s with Bye Bye, Baby which deals with the death of Marilyn Monroe.

In this novel, Heller is a friend of Marilyn's who hires him to bug her residence because of her conflict with her studio, Twentieth Century Fox, over her supposed delaying of the movie, Something's Got to Give. But Marilyn is involved with much more including dalliances with both John and Bobby Kennedy where she may have learned secrets that cannot be made public. The mob is also concerned because of their involvement in assassination attempts on Fidel Castro which may be a secret Marilyn is privy to. Other players include Frank Sinatra and his buddy Peter Lawford who is married to a Kennedy. Joe Dimaggio, Marilyn's ex, is also in the novel along with Hugh Hefner and others. And then Marilyn is found dead — a possible suicide. But was it suicide or was she murdered to coverup her secrets? If so, who was behind it? The Kennedys or the mob or someone else? Heller of course looks into this and comes up with a probable answer.

I enjoyed this novel in the Heller series which as usual is filled with historical facts and characters. Marilyn Monroe was probably murdered and she did have affairs with both Bobby and Jack Kennedy but were they involved in her death? Of course this was a work of fiction but Collins makes a convincing case for how this tragedy occurred. I have several other Heller novels on my TBR shelves that I'll hopefully get to sometime soon.

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