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You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You: A Rat Pack Mystery (Rat Pack Mysteries #4)

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Eddie G.'s services have been enlisted again, this time to help Marilyn Monroe, who thinks she's being followed. When Eddie gets called back to New York, his buddy P.I. Danny Bardini takes up the charge, only to go promptly missing. Eddie returns to Vegas with Brooklyn tough-guy Jerry and the two investigate Marilyn's concerns more seriously, with stops at both Marilyn's h ...more
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Published September 15th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Feb 24, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Titles like You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You are initially what pulled me into the Rat Pack Mystery series. Robert J. Randisi has a sense of humor, an encyclopedic knowledge of classic Las Vegas from the late ‘50s to early ‘60s, and a remarkable grasp of nearly every conspiracy theory that surrounded Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and nearly anyone else getting their “five minutes of fame” during that era. Yet, he combines those three elements with engaging mysteries and a pro ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Author Robert J. Randisi starts all each Rat Pack Mystery the same and the fourth novel in the series is no exception. Long-retired Las Vegas pit boss, Eddie Gianelli, known around the Strip as Eddie G. is called upon to remember the Vegas heydays and his friendship with the boys---Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey, and Peter.
In You're Nobody Until Somebody Kills You, the time is 2003 and Eddie is pursued by a filmmaker who wants to learn some new info---anything--- on one of the Lady Rat Packers---those
The fourth Rat pack mystery, this entry has Eddie G helping out Marilyn Monroe, who is depicted as a sad, lost soul, everyone's kid sister who doesn't even know the power of her sexuality. Someone is following her, and Eddie G finds out that it's not the typical crazed fan, but an organized effort that goes very high up in official circles.

This is perhaps the sloppiest book in the series, both in terms of writing and plot (which is very thin indeed). Randisi seems to forget minor items, such as
Michael A
Old time Vegas with lots of stars and various problems that need the attention of the 'go to' man and his associates. This series brings in Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford with many A list stars from Hollywood and Vegas. Well written mysteries with humor and bits of Vegas lore.
Hugh McBride
Jun 15, 2011 Hugh McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth, and (in my opinion, the best) entry in Randisi's "Rat Pack Mystery" series again features Sands pit boss Eddie Gianelli providing amateur sleuthing services for his famous friends. This time the plot involves a possible threat to Marilyn Monroe, with most of the action taking place in southern California rather than Vegas. In addition to an intriguing plot, what made this novel stand out to me was the way that Randisi infuses both fictional and iconic characters with a true humanity, ...more
Chi Dubinski
Sep 15, 2014 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casino pit boss Eddie G. is asked by Dean Martin to do a favor for a friend. Marilyn Monroe, who just completed filming "The Misfits," is convinced she is being followed. Eddie asks Danny Bardini, a private investigator, to keep an eye on Marilyn while he returns to Brooklyn to attend his mother's funeral, but Danny goes missing. Is Marilyn really being followed, or is she just hysterical?
Appearance by other Rat Pack members and the 1960s Las Vegas atmosphere create an entertaining and nostalgic
Mar 15, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read
Mar 24, 2010 ayrdaomei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The appearances by Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack make this story feel downright fanfic-ish at times, but I really enjoyed this read (up until the very end). Eddie G. reminds me quite a bit of Robert B. Parker's Spenser - although Eddie's not a private eye, as we're repeatedly told. Eddie, the other original characters, and their interaction, make this book much more than the plot. Quick, entertaining read. I'm looking forward to the other three books in this series.
I wish these books were easier to get my hands on. I've read #2 and now #4, and I love them. I enjoy anything with the Rat Pack. Randisi's writing is enjoyable - a lot of dialogue and some humor and he really brings the 60s to life. I liked the viewpoint of Marilyn too - it changed my view on her and shows how the industry can really affect some people. Now I have to track down some more of this series!
The fourth in this series feature the Rat Pack,this time they are asking their friend Eddie G to help out Marilyn Manroe who thinks she's being followed. They mostly just do it to help her nerves, until it turns out that just becuase she's paranoid doesn't mean that she isn't indeed being followed.
This is the fourth book in the Rat Pack installment and my favorite guys Eddie G and Jerry are back on the scene helping out the Rat Pack and in this particular case Marilyn Monroe. Quick and fun read full of lots of historical detail.
Joe O'c
Jan 17, 2016 Joe O'c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; Continuing characters: Eddie Gianelli and the Rat Pack; Dean Martin asks Eddie to help out Marilyn Monroe, and when he does he puts his friends in danger while getting to know Marilyn
Randisi's books are so easy to read. The stories are entertaining, his writing style is very simple and the chapters are super short. A definite "must read" series for Rat Pack fans.
Jan 26, 2013 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rat-pack-mystery
This is the fourth book in the Rat Pack Mystery series and the one thing I seriously disliked about this book, and all the others is...They just read to damn fast!
Nov 09, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting storyline regarding Marilyn Monroe in relation to the Rat Pack.
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Pseudonyms include W. B. Longley, Robert Lake, Spenser Fortune, Joshua Randall, Tom Cutter, J.R. Roberts, Joseph Meek, Cole Weston, Lew Baines, Paul Ledd and Jon Sharpe

Robert J. Randisi is the creator and author of The Gunsmith, the popular Western series with more than 250 novels and more than 5 million books in print, which was written under the pen name J.R. Roberts. Under various pseudonyms, h
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