Blue Suede Clues: A Murder Mystery Featuring Elvis Presley

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9780312262495: Blue Suede Clues: A Murder Mystery Featuring Elvis Presley

After winning the hearts of critics and audiences (all over again) in Daniel Klein's Kill Me Tender, Elvis Aron Presley returns once more to try his hand at crime-solving in a fun, suspenseful sequel.

1963. Elvis Presley has just completed filming "Kissin' Cousins," a hillbilly romantic comedy of which he is instantly ashamed. His romance with Ann-Margret has just become public knowledge and Priscilla is on the warpath. It is a critical period for Elvis, a time in which he must sort out his own contradictory feelings and make life-changing choices.

Against this backdrop, one "Squirm" Litteljon, an old army friend, contacts Elvis. Littlejon is serving life in a California penitentiary for the murder of a young actress on the MGM lot and he insists he was framed. Elvis figures that taking the case is just what he needs to escape all those people making demands of him, both professionally and romantically.

So begins a fast-paced mystery train-ride that takes Elvis from the weird world of movie stuntmen to a ground-breaking genetics laboratory in Mexico. His sidekick on this adventure is Squirm's deadbeat, Freud-spouting lawyer who has personal insight into the psychological quirks of surviving twins -- like Elvis.

Before he's through, Elvis will have to disprove a murder charge of his own and stop a diabolical film producer from publishing career-wrecking photographs of Elvis and Ann-Margret making love. Blue Suede Clues is a who-dunnit that keeps readers guessing right up to an ending worthy of only one man: The King!

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Praise for Daniel Klein and Blue Suede Clues

"As tasty as a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich."--Booklist

"A well-written, interesting story that combines action, good plot development, and a variety of characters."-Mystery News

"An entertaining sequel."--Library Journal

"I enjoyed it."-Bill Clinton

"Klein's entertaining tale is a 'must-read' for die-hard Elvis fans."-Lansing (MI) State Journal

"Blue Suede Clues is a delightful read, based on an intriguing premise. It's just the thing for kicking back on the deck in the summer twilight, mint julep in hand."-Berkshire (MA) Eagle

"Jump on this mystery train...be warned: [Blue Suede Clues] is fast but demanding...it forces you to read on, so there can be a shortage of sleep for a while. Daniel Klein really took care of business again and gladly he didn't think 'Once Is Enough.'"--ElvisNews.com

"A really good plot, an interesting group of characters, add some good writing, a red herring here and there, a pinch of comedy and a souçon of literary license, and you end up with Blue Suede Clues. Klein shook the Elvis fiction world in 2000 with Kill Me Tender, in which he uncovered a hitherto unknown side of Elvis Presley-the amateur sleuth, the USA's answer to Agatha Christie's Hercules Poirot...Klein succeeded in Kill Me Tender, and has done so yet again in his follow-up novel, Blue Suede Clues."-ElvisInPrint.com

"You certainly don't have to be an Elvis fan to want to read this series; you just have to like a good amateur detective story."-MostlyFiction.com

From the Back Cover:

The King Hits Hollywood!

Just finished with the shooting of Kissin' Cousins-and fresh from a headline-making affair with the sizzling Ann-Margret-Elvis Aron Presley is at one devilish crossroads. Should he choose glittering Hollywood, or the temptations of Graceland? Keep making lucrative bad movies, or go back to doing the music he loves? His search for the truly good script that can mean the best of both worlds only creates more chaos between his ruthlessly scheming manager and the industry powerbrokers who won't take him seriously. Elvis is convinced that he's forever trapped in one hell-bound bargain. . .

But when a fellow ex-soldier swears he's been wrongly convicted of killing a beautiful starlet, Elvis finds far worse trouble. To uncover the truth, he'll have to search the dark corners beyond Hollywood's bright-hot lights and confront the savage triple-dealing and lethal performances at the real heart of movieland. And only with the help of a discredited defense lawyer, a brilliant Mexican pathologist far ahead of his time, and a skeptical L.A. Times reporter, will Elvis have a prayer of finding the real killer and saving an innocent man's life.

"Klein...reminds us what made Presley the astonishing artistic force that he was...Klein's Elvis would seem a natural for a series of made-for-TV movies." -Publishers Weekly

"Accurate, well-constructed mystery maintains integrity and affection to the memory of the King...a vivid backdrop...clever and engaging." -St. Petersburg Times

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