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Candle in the Wind

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When Frank Galvan is called to check on the notoriously beautiful film star, Marilyn Lane, he comes face to face with her overdosed, near-dead, body…

Alone in the room, he performs a quick scan to check for any clues that could tell him more about the circumstances leading up to the star’s state; finding things odd, to say the least.

Fortunately, Marilyn is taken to hospita
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1990)
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Sharon Hardin
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked this up at a garage sale and had very low expectations, so was surprised that it was better than expected. Of course, the author's disclaimer about it being purely fiction is not credible. The Kennedy/Monroe/Lawford connections are so obvious that it was actually annoying. Hopefully, most readers won't believe all the characters were really like the historical figures. That being said, it was entertaining.
Tory
Sep 02, 2007 rated it did not like it
When I started reading, I thought it was going to be some great conspiracy theory, but it was an alternate ending of Marilyn’s suicide. One where she lives and everyone is out to kill her. The Mafia is trying to frame the President, the CIA is trying to kill the President and the President is trying to track down some blackmailing photos.

The only thing I thought was good about this book was the names, Marilyn Lane and John (Jack) Kerrigan. That made me laugh.
Graceann
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: alternative fiction fans
What if Marilyn Monroe had survived her overdose? That's the intriguing premise of this novel from the author of Promises to Keep. Let's face it, there are very few film fans who haven't contemplated the very same thing, and Bernau just takes it to the next step by writing about it. It's well written and imaginative, but stays true to the essential bones of the facts.
Betsy
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome idea for a book! I wish I would have thought of it!! What would have happened if Marilyn had survived that August night? Every Marilyn fan & conspiracy theory believer should read this! Marilyn runs for her life for the next week. Full of suspense, they keep you guessing about her fate until the end. I didn't want to put it down!
Becca
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A very imaginative book about Marilyn Monroe and if she had survived the attempted murder and all that surrounds. Very hard to put down!
Angi
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
excellent characters; entertaining what-ifs about the real-life counterparts
Joe Yellin
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Great concept (what if Marilyn Monroe had survived). it's just that the book was terribly plotted and written poorly.
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The fledgling author made publishing history in 1987 when his derivative JFK manuscript was purchased by Warner Books for $750,000, a record advance for a first novel at that time.

“It really shakes out memories of growing up and having Kennedy die,” Bob Miller, Bernau’s editor at Warner Books told The Times about the manuscript then. ”

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