Youre Nobody Til Somebody Kills You by Robert J. RandisiTitles like You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You are initially what pulled me into the Rat Pack Mystery series. Robert J. Randisi has a sense of humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of classic Las Vegas from the late ‘50s to early ‘60s, and a remarkable grasp of nearly every conspiracy theory that surrounded Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and nearly anyone else getting their “five minutes of fame” during that era. Yet, he combines those three elements with engaging mysteries and a profound respect for the actual celebrities he uses to frame and present the plot.
To be honest, due to a misprint in one of the volumes I located, I ended up missing one of the stories which preceded this tale, but nothing vital is missing from the gap. Even readers who missed the book in between Luck Be a Lady, Don’t Die and this one (I missed Hey There! (You With the Gun in Your Hand)) find out the parameters of the missing novel and nothing in the plot of this one hinges on that story. As usual in these Rat Pack mysteries, the story is bracketed by encounters in the modern era. The modern encounter has the aging Eddie G., pit boss from the Sands’ glory years, wax nostalgic about someone he helped as a result of Jack Entratter’s (“owner” of the Sands back in the early days before today’s right-wing political activist took over the company) tendency to be enamored with Frank and those in “The Summit.”
At least, Entratter’s hero worship of Frank and the gang explains how a pit boss can take as much time off to solve crimes without getting in trouble. In fact, Entratter handles a lot of the details in keeping Eddie and company out of jail, as well as flush enough with cash to be able to handle necessary travel, bribes, and meals. The books don’t gloss over Frank’s alleged ties to organized crime, but nor do they dwell on it. Let’s just say that connected people seem to do favors for Frank and for Eddie as a friend of Frank’s. Get the picture?
The “nobody” in You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You is Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn seems to be having one of her paranoid episodes and Dino asks Eddie to find out if her fears are real or imaginary. It would be a spoiler to indicate which. Let’s just say that the author’s note at the conclusion of the book makes the probability starkly clear. And let’s also suggest here that Robert J. Randisi does a superb job of capturing the vulnerability of the film star clothed in an enchanting sensuality. But, just when you think his version of Marilyn might be devolving into a stereotype, he hits readers with an unexpected jolt—a welcome, intriguing surprise that pleased me to no end.
I also enjoyed the fact that this particular story offered more prose sketches of old Los Angeles and Palm Springs than Las Vegas. It has a great little side plot of Frank Sinatra preparing for a visit by JFK that never occurred and a marvelous cameo of Clark Gable’s widow that was very moving. It even featured a nice role for Fred Otash, the so-called “private eye to the stars” who Peter Lawford hired in real life to investigate the death of Marilyn Monroe. But the real extra strand of DNA in this story is that Eddie is not only trying to help Marilyn Monroe as a favor to Dino, but he is trying to find out why his PI buddy, Danny Bardini, is missing. There was something for everyone in this “episode” of this delightful and nostalgic series.
I may still be a “Clyde” with regard to folks like the rat pack, but I feel like I’m a “pally” when I’m reading one of these stories.
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