cover image You Make Me Feel So Dead: 
A “Rat Pack” Mystery

You Make Me Feel So Dead: A “Rat Pack” Mystery

Robert J. Randisi. Severn, $28.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8277-6

Set in 1964, Randisi’s eighth Rat Pack mystery (after 2012’s It Was a Very Bad Year) delivers a tasty slice of nostalgia with a healthy dollop of crime and humor. Elvis Presley has come to Las Vegas to promote his movie Viva Las Vegas, and a worried Colonel Tom Parker wants someone to see that Elvis doesn’t get into trouble. Frank Sinatra nominates his friend Eddie Gianelli, a Sands casino exec, for the job. But Eddie also has to help PI buddy Danny Bardini with a girl problem that takes a serious turn when Danny is framed for a murder. Elvis, Frank, and Dean Martin all assist Eddie in trying to solve Danny’s problem. Randisi paints a sympathetic picture of a polite and intelligent but very vulnerable Elvis, already struggling with fame and hangers-on. Big bruiser Jerry Epstein once again provides invaluable aid in this celebrity-fueled adventure. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Sept.)