Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIA
When young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to survive the Paris job-while looking her best in Givenchy, no less-but now she's completed her official CIA training. So she's excited to show her boss exactly what she can do for her country.
Her new mission: Go undercover in sultry Havana and investigate a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. But before Jackie can infiltrate the communist cabal, she's in past her hemline in danger. In another exciting adventure, she colludes with Grace Kelly, dances with Frank Sinatra, and flirts with an up-and-coming congressman from Massachusetts.
As the international intrigue escalates, Jackie must use all her finely honed skills to stay ahead of her enemies . . . and make sure spying never goes out of fashion.
Camelot-worshippers will best appreciate this clumsy sequel to 2011 s Paris to Die For from Kenneth (the writing team of Ken Salikoff and Maxine Schnall). In 1951, Allen Dulles, deputy director of the CIA, encourages Jackie Bouvier, still a trainee spy (while keeping her cover job as a photographer/writer for the Washington Times-Herald), to get to know Jack Kennedy in order to make the young Congressman a friend of the CIA. But the primary plot line revolves around Cuba and the CIA s desire to know the intentions of the young Fidel Castro. The book teems with such real-life notables as Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelley, who provide period color but otherwise play no meaningful roles. While there s enough action to fill a miniseries kidnappings, escapes, explosions not a single scene rings true. Leaden prose doesn t help.