The Camelot Conspiracy: The Kennedys, Castro and the CIA

E. Duke Vincent. Overlook/Derby, $24.95 (328p) ISBN 978-1-59020-639-3
In an introductory note to his fourth novel, Vincent (Mafia Summer) gives credit to the theory that the Mafia was involved in planning JFK's assassination—and claims that he's identified the gunman on the legendary grassy knoll. Unfortunately, his narrative, which covers the three years from 1960 until the tragedy in Dallas, fails to grip. The lead characters—Dante Amato, a Chicago mobster, and his brother, Aldo, conveniently a CIA agent—amount to paper-thin clichés. Those conversant with the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations' covert campaigns to overthrow Castro will find this fictionalized version, including a cursory three-page description of the Cuban missile crisis, a pale shadow of reality. Those who aren't won't emerge better educated about that period in American history. Other novels—Don DeLillo's Libra, James Ellroy's American Tabloid, Philip Kerr's The Shot—do a better job covering similar territory. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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