Blue Suede Clues by Daniel Klein
A Murder Mystery Featuring Elvis Presley

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After winning the hearts of critics and audiences (all over again) in Daniel Klein's Kill Me Tender, Elvis Aron Presley returns once more to try his hand at crime-solving in a fun, suspenseful sequel.

1963. Elvis Presley has just completed filming "Kissin' Cousins," a hillbilly romantic comedy of which he is instantly ashamed. His romance with Ann-Margret has just become public knowledge and Priscilla is on the warpath. It is a critical period for Elvis, a time in which he must sort out his own contradictory feelings and make life-changing choices.

Against this backdrop, one "Squirm" Litteljon, an old army friend, contacts Elvis. Littlejon is serving life in a California penitentiary for the murder of a young actress on the MGM lot and he insists he was framed. Elvis figures that taking the case is just what he needs to escape all those people making demands of him, both professionally and romantically.

So begins a fast-paced mystery train-ride that takes Elvis from the weird world of movie stuntmen to a ground-breaking genetics laboratory in Mexico. His sidekick on this adventure is Squirm's deadbeat, Freud-spouting lawyer who has personal insight into the psychological quirks of surviving twins -- like Elvis.

Before he's through, Elvis will have to disprove a murder charge of his own and stop a diabolical film producer from publishing career-wrecking photographs of Elvis and Ann-Margret making love. Blue Suede Clues is a who-dunnit that keeps readers guessing right up to an ending worthy of only one man: The King!
 

About Daniel Klein

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Daniel Klein is the author of five previous novels, including the first in the Elvis series, Kill Me Tender. He is the co-author of the popular humor books, Where's Elvis? and Macho Meditations. A Harvard graduate, he lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Minotaur Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Multiple sets of twins, including both attorneys in Squirm’s murder trial, run illogically through the story, triggering wistful flashbacks for Elvis, whose twin brother Jesse died at birth, and exasperation for everybody else.

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Klein unobtrusively renders Elvis's early foray into painkillers, makes convincing Elvis's discovery of Freud and describes an impromptu concert in a way that reminds us what made Presley the astonishing artistic force that he was.

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