Viva Las Vengeance by Daniel Klein
A Murder Mystery Featuring Elvis Presley

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It's 1964 and Elvis is in Las Vegas for a little R&R before starting his next picture, Roustabout. This ought to be a quiet time for the overextended King of Rock 'n' Roll to find his bearings, himself, and maybe, just maybe, his own personal muse.

But a King's work is never done. And before long, Elvis finds himself under immense pressure to find something entirely different: a killer!

When an enormously overweight tourist turns up ritualistically murdered at the billboard for one of Las Vegas's preeminent wedding chapels, Elvis can't help falling into the middle of an inept police investigation. Just before the tourist's death, the Sahara Casino's headline comedian, Howie Pickles, had singled her out for insult jokes at a show that Elvis attended. Immediately, the rumor spreads all over town that Pickles's gags are deadly.

A day later, a second tourist is murdered and conspiracy theories multiply: Is it a hotel and casino war? A war between local wedding chapels? A war between Sin City's major brothels?

Drawn into the case, Elvis finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer who lives on a commune for failed showbiz types. He also discovers that a born-again Christian group in town is hailing him as the Second Coming.

As the death toll mounts, Elvis teams up in an unlikely alliance with a pill-popping, enlightenment-seeing Harvard dropout, a Southern belle turned high-class prostitute, and the immensely annoying Howie Pickles himself.

The story climaxes in a "peace concert" that Elvis gives to bring together all the warring factions. But with that concert come some painful - and deadly - revelations.

About Daniel Klein

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Daniel Klein is the author of the highly acclaimed Elvis murder mysteries Kill Me Tender and Blue Suede Clues. His other mysteries and thrillers include Embryo and Beauty Sleep. He is the co-author of the humor books Where's Elvis? and Macho Meditations and of an even dozen nonfiction books. A graduate of Harvard, he lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Published March 13, 2003 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fresh off a fling with costar Ann-Margret, an agitated Elvis Presley (Blue Suede Clues, 2002, etc.) decides to take a break in Vegas, out of whining range of the increasingly petulant Priscilla, his teenaged paramour.

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VIVA LAS VENGEANCE is set in 1964 and features Elvis Presley in Las Vegas doing some investigating during a break between shooting Viva Las Vegas and Roustabout.

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Elvis is happy to be back in Vegas after a month in Graceland where Priscilla gave him a hard time because of Ann Margaret.

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