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It's Memphis,1965. An increasingly withdrawn Elvis passes his evenings at the Memphian movie house, endlessly watching Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove." His friends and hangers-on are starting to worry,and so is his famously hucksterish manager,Colonel Tom Parker.
Things only get worse when the King finds out that someone has been disguising himself as Elvis in order to seduce his teenage fans,and that Colonel Tom's been paying off their parents to keep the scandal out of the press.
When a photographer who claims to have documented these seductions is murdered...and Colonel Tom is arrested for that murder...the stakes become life and death.
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Daniel Klein has authored the medical thrillers, Embryo, Wavelengths, and
Beauty Sleep. His mysteries starring Elvis are Kill Me Tender, Blue Suede Clues and Viva Las Vengeance. He lives in Massachusetts.
Set in 1965, Klein's fourth diverting Elvis mystery (after 2003's Viva Las Vengeance) takes us to the center of the King's self-doubt. Mortified by the mediocrity of his recent song and movie output, and still on the fence about Priscilla, Elvis realizes that the only thing that makes him feel good is eating. So he decides to try to persuade Terry Southern (whose Dr. Strangelove script he admires) to be his screenwriter for a classy, original movie about meat loaf (one of his favorite foods). Enter an underage ex-virgin with her angry father who claims it was Elvis who did the deed. To avoid a potential Jerry Lee Lewis flameout, Colonel Tom Parker wants a pay-off, but Elvis, more concerned with truth, wants the culprit. Two more underage victims and a dead photographer shift the unlikely duo of Elvis and Tom into high gear, skidding through car, truck, motorcycle and dung-spreader chases, river raft trips (think Huck Finn), small-town Elvis lookalike contests and an antediluvian boarding school. They also hit all the predictable tropes of the South (barbecue, sheriffs, jails, racism). So many characters and subplots make it easy to lose track, and the amusing, soul-searching story is more a road odyssey than a mystery, but finally, who cares. The King still rules.
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312319401
Book Description Minotaur Books, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312319401