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I enjoyed this book. It was a good story and it lacked the violence overkill that Patterson can often get carried away with.
Wolfe writes engagingly and he has truly made his research. He doesn't reveal his theory about the murderer(s) until in the very end, forcing the reader to think about the case and connect the clues. For that reason I'll try not to give away too much in the following. I actually believe that the solution Wolfe provides is how things really happened. It all makes sense, pieces fit in the gaps. Even if it's not true, files that became public only recently give away pretty big clues, things that dirty cops and corrupt big shots had so adamantly wanted to hide. Mafia involvement was the biggest factor. I was pretty shocked to find out that Cary Grant and Gary Cooper among others were Bugsy Siegel's friends, at least until Hollywood realized he was a raving gangster. Marilyn Monroe also talked to Elizabeth Short at one point, when she was asking about how to get into the right Hollywood crowd, and later Monroe was very disturbed by her murder. There was so much anecdotes and information about the case, varying from plausible (an interview with the possible murderer) to downright ridiculous (lesbian killer hoax). The cover-up probably lasted well until the 1980s when someone talked a bit too much (hint: a very movie-like scenario involving an apartment fire). Whatever the truth is, it's likely that the murderer(s) will never be punished for what they did.