Jimmy Dean, bit part actor, befriends famed actress Marilyn Monroe. When Marilyn is found dead in her LA home, the ruling is suicide, but Jimmy thinks otherwise. As he starts digging, he comes up against those who wish to stop him from uncovering the truth. Realising that he’s in over his head, Jimmy calls former business partner, Mississippi truck driver, Elvis Presley. As Jimmy and Elvis begin to search deeper, they uncover a potential link between Marilyn’s death and the highest office in the land.
Jimmy Dean’s Last Dance is an alt-history Noir Detective novel in the tradition of The Big Sleep, Chinatown and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
I found it fascinating how easily you could get sucked into the world of characters you already knew, like Jimmy Dean and Elvis Presley. Going back in time was immensely enjoyable.
Jimmy is not sure that Marilyn committed suicide because she is dead. He began by looking at what he believed to be her diary as he didn’t believe it to be a suicide. The narrative took a direction I certainly was not expecting, which was excellent.
I received a copy from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily giving my review.