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Originally published in 2004, suspense fiction by Max Allan Collins (author of another Marilyn-related novel, Bye Bye Baby) and his wife Barbara Collins under the name 'Barbara Allan', reissued today in paperback, ebook and audio formats.

“As escalating tensions threaten to turn the Cold War red hot, Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev embarks on a diplomatic tour of the US, requesting time with two American icons: Disneyland and Marilyn Monroe. The theme park poses too high a security risk, but Marilyn is more than happy to oblige. And as she puts America’s best face forward, Marilyn stumbles upon a sinister plot lurking behind the scenes. Certain parties would love to see both countries erupt in atomic war, and what better way to ensure Armageddon than by assassinating a high-ranking Russian official on American soil? But not on Marilyn’s watch…”

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My review...

Well, this is a very silly book. Looking back at Khrushchev's US visit in 1959, it imagines that Marilyn Monroe had saved him from assassination by hiding out in Disneyland. Yes, really! You have to read it as a kind of comic strip in prose, and there are a few moments when the fantasy almost works. For the most part, though, it's just too absurd. Which is not such a bad thing - if you're looking for a light read, perhaps for a long journey. Written by Max Allan Collins, who recently penned a somewhat better book about Monroe's death, 'Bye Bye Baby', and his wife Barbara Collins, 'Bombshell' was first published in 2004.
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