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Marty Allen, veteran news reporter, is given the most challenging assignment of his career: determine if iconic movie actress Marilyn Monroe machine-gunned down seven bikers in 1961.

At the same time, he wants to know why his girlfriend, a hard-nosed police detective, left him for a cop who abuses women and breaks legs, a quest that will nearly cost him his life.

According to a tipster, the bikers almost assaulted Monroe while she was strolling along the beach in Hollywood, Florida.

But four mafia soldiers, secretly providing her protection at the behest of their boss, rescued her. They were about to blow away the would-be attackers in a warehouse until Monroe, seeking retaliation, asked to do the honors.

Lending a modicum of credibility to this account, the tipster asserts that it happened shortly after Monroe was released from a psychiatric hospital. 

Marty, who works for a news and entertainment magazine, doesn’t buy any of it initially. Yet he digs deep to learn about Monroe’s difficult life and her controversial death at a young age.

He discovers her alleged incident is remarkably similar to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, where mobsters blasted away seven men in a Chicago garage in the 1920s. He examines Monroe’s ties to a mafia kingpin. And he even tracks down the Tommy Gun she supposedly used and verifies it’s the same model involved in the earlier Chicago mob hit.

Ultimately, Marty will find the shocking truth behind the tipster’s claim the actress was a mass murderer.

About the Author

Ken Kaye has authored seven novels, including The East Side of Lauderdale, Final Revenge, Stuck on 75, Gash in the Glades, The Wrong Hangar, The Kiss and Kill Girl and The Monroe Massacre. 

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Ken graduated from the University of Denver, where he had been aiming toward a career as an airline pilot. He was a flight instructor during his last two years of college.

Yet, always a writer at heart, he ended up working as a reporter for the Sun Newspapers in Northeast Ohio for four years. He then migrated to South Florida, where he worked for the Sun Sentinel for more than three decades as a reporter, editor and columnist.

As a reporter, Ken specialized in weather and aviation. He led the coverage of the tumultuous 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, helping the Sun Sentinel to be nominated as a Pulitzer finalist both years. He also led coverage of the ValueJet crash in the Everglades in 1996. 

Ken lives in Weston, Florida, with his wife, Maria.

Crime & Thrillers
September 30
Gatekeeper Press

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