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Five semi-random excerpts from You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You: A Rat Pack Mystery

By Robert J. Randisi, Minotaur Books, $25

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You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You: A Rat Pack Mystery

1. “She shrugged, and her sweater fell lower down one shoulder. I was just glad she wasn’t wearing any of the stuff she’d worn in Some Like It Hot—that white, sparkly dress, the loose-fitting sweater she kept falling out of? That was, in fact, the hottest I’d ever seen her look, and I was having a hard-enough time concentrating.”

2. “But his fist never reached me because Jerry reached out and caught my father’s arm by the wrist. My old man tried to pull away, but Jerry was too strong. ‘You brought a hoodlum with you to attack our father?’ my sister shrieked.”

3. “‘What’s going on, Frank?’”

4. “‘Sleep in my bed, Eddie!’ God, a week ago, if someone had told me I’d hear those words from Marilyn Monroe ...”

5. “‘I think I am most surprised by Marilyn’s reaction,’ Bobby Kennedy said when I finished. ‘Not quite the delicate flower everyone thinks she is,’ I said, ‘at least not with a frying pan in her hand.’”

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