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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RAT PACK CENTRAL: RANDISI ON THE RAT PACK!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: RANDISI ON THE RAT PACK!

AT THE BIJOU IS CARRYING A SERIES OF POSTS BY ROBERT RANDISI, PROLIFIC AUTHOR OF THE RAT PACK MYSTERIES, ON THE RAT PACK AND THEIR COOL . . .

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THE RAT PACK MYSTERIES SERIES:

EVERYBODY KILLS SOMEBODY SOMETIME

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford are the Kings of Cool -- the Rat Pack. Ocean's 11 is their first movie together and they have taken Sin City by storm -- filming during the day and cavorting onstage at the Sands Casino at night. It's clear not everyone is charmed, however, when Dean begins receiving anonymous threatening letters.

Eddie Gianelli, also called Eddie G., is a pit boss at the Sands. After twelve years, he's got the whole town wired. But he's still surprised when Joey Bishop drops by his table and invites him to meet with Frank in the Rat Pack's private steam room. Frank asks Eddie to find out who's been sending the threats, as a favor to him and Dean.

Eddie wants to politely decline, but caught between his boss, Jack Entratter's, not-so-subtle nudging and being utterly starstruck by Dino, he agrees to look into it. He gets help from his P.I. best friend and a Jewish torpedo from Brooklyn. A few dead bodies and bruised ribs later, he remembers why he was reluctant. In a city of gamblers, Eddie has become the highest roller of all. The game is murder, and the stakes just may be his own life.

LUCK BE A LADY, DON’T DIE

Vegas, 1960. Gamblin’, drinkin’, and everybody’s misbehavin’.

Six months ago, while they were filming Ocean’s 11, the Rat Pack needed Eddie Gianelli’s help to track down the mug who was sending threatening letters to Dino. Now they’re back for the premiere and it’s Frank who needs Eddie’s help. Seems a babe he was planning to meet in Sin City took a powder -- leaving behind her luggage and a stiff in the bathtub. She’s on the lam, and it’s up to Eddie to find her and figure out if she’s a victim or a killer.

Once again Eddie teams up with his P.I. buddy, Danny Bardini, and the Jewish New York torpedo, Jerry Epstein, who never met a pancake he didn’t like. Together they scour the neon streets, smoke-filled lounges, casinos, and seamy back alleys, dodging bodies and thugs with guns. But when Sam Giancana arrives on the scene, Eddie starts to wonder if he’s going to be able to keep himself out of jail -- and alive.

Celebrity cameos spice up the action, and Mo Mo Giancana brings a dark presence to the story. Once again, Randisi, the man Booklist says “may be the last of the pulp writers,” gives readers a tour de force of bright lights, hot dice, and drop-dead-gorgeous dames in this second novel in the exciting, acclaimed series.

HEY THERE, YOU WITH THE GUN IN YOUR HAND

It's 1961 and Las Vegas is still the place to be. Eddie Gianelli, pit boss at the Sands Casino, now considers the Rat Pack his friends. And this time, his friend Frank Sinatra wants him to help Sammy. Someone has an embarrassing photo of Sammy and wants $25 grand for it. All Eddie has to do is make the pay-off and collect the photo. Easy, right?

But at the rendezvous, in place of a blackmailer, Eddie finds a dead body greeting him instead. Pretty soon Eddie and New York torpedo Jerry Epstein are up to their elbows in bodies. There's a double-cross going on. Could the presence of the Secret Service mean that JFK is somehow involved?

In this next installment, the Rat Pack is back in full swing. Celebrity cameos with Buddy Hackett and Marilyn Monroe add to the glamor. It's certain the stars are out, and it's up to Eddie to see that they don't fall from the sky.

YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU

The fourth entertaining Rat Pack mystery once again displays Vegas pit boss Eddie Gianelli's skill at discreetly getting his eminent friends out of embarrassing jams.

In early 1962, Dean Martin asks Eddie to help a fragile Marilyn Monroe, who's worried she's being followed and is feeling guilty she contributed to the death of her ailing co-star, Clark Gable, from The Misfits by making him wait too long on the set. The Rat Pack, which also includes Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., plays second fiddle as Gianelli tries to protect Monroe from myriad problems real and imaginary.

The Brooklyn-born Gianelli, a humble straight shooter who can call on friends in high and low places, needs both when one friend helping him disappears and another ends up in the hospital. Randisi clothes a factual skeleton of information about his famous characters with an artful tapestry of vivid imagination.


I’M A FOOL TO KILL YOU

When a rumour spreads that Frank Sinatra's ex-wife, Hollywood Goddess Ava Gardner, was seen in the Sands Hotel & Casino in a state of distress, sleuth Eddie G. is asked to check it out.

Eddie tracks her down to LA, where he finds out that Ava’s afraid she did something horrible . . . and it falls to Eddie to find out exactly what went down. But someone’s after Ava who means her harm, and soon he’s dodging bullets in Vegas in an attempt to keep Ava – and himself – alive.


FLY ME TO THE MORGUE

The new Rat Pack mystery - Bing Crosby wants to buy a horse to indulge his other passion – when he’s not playing golf with Bob Hope, that is. But when his trainer fails to show up in Vegas, and when he finds the horse’s owner dead, problems begin to mount up.

Time for Eddie G and Jerry to come to the rescue, urged on by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, in town to watch the start of Frank Junior’s career. But soon the body count – and temperature – starts to rise . . .


2 comments:

  1. Wow! You know how to post a Headliner too.

    AT THE BIJOU salutes BISH'S BEAT and welcomes you in on a guest spot during the Rat Pack Revue for one of your own spiffy muses. You up for it Mr Pizazz? Impressive run downs on RJR's RatPack o'mysteries. Shall link back here for best descriptionaries.

    (Damn! I knew you were cool when you first walked in my mahoghany double-doored theatre for the mind) ~ Absolutely*Kate, author and humble promoter/publisher - no relation to PT Barnum, but we all have role models . . .

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  2. Bish ... I'm glad that Kate dropped by. She's super cool... She hosts a great gin joint. My own piece will be up there sometime soon.

    Keep up the great vintagey vibe...

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