"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)






Such Vicious Minds -

Daniel Klein's super sleuth Elvis Presley takes on his latest case

What has three Elvis's on-stage (all the spitting image of the other), one rogue Elvis seducing young maidens, a busty "jail bait" blonde, more twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride at Disneyland and large dollops of humor?

The answer: Daniel Klein's latest Elvis novel, Such Vicious MInds.

Any book that puts Colonel Parker behind bars, has a world famous eccentric humorist as Elvis' sidekick, features "Elvis" getting married to two different women on the same day, and includes an underground organisation called SWEPT (wait until you read what the letters stand for), all in the name of discovering "whodunnit", has to be highly commended. With strong characterisations and a fast moving plotline, Such Vicious Minds is a highly enjoyable fourth entry in Daniel Klein's series about Elvis Presley, super sleuth.

Set in the mid 1960s after the release of Roustabout, Such Vicious MInds submerges Elvis into a bewildering series of events involving murder, the unusual worlds of Elvis impersonators and plastic surgery, pornographic photographs apparently showing "Elvis" performing a sex act on a young girl and a colorful collection of Southern gentry and Southern rednecks hell bent on securing their own piece of fame at Elvis' expense.

The author weaves together, with great finesse, an eclectic set of disparate themes, from Dr. Strangelove to the demon weed, the offensively extreme Ku Klux Klan, orgiastic young southern belles and more Elvises (of varying persuasions!) than you can poke a stick at. The 'pot pourri' within Such Vicious Minds comes together very nicely as Daniel Klein's easy flowing writing style takes you on a rollicking "road trip" across the Elvis landscape.

Many fans will be familiar with the author's well constructed, eidetic writing style: On the other hand, Elvis' own face currently looked like it belonged to a bit player in the House of Wax. With its scraggly three-day growth, disheveled, unwashed hair, the remaining discoloration of his spoke-induced contusions, and his fat lip and bruised cheekbones, plus the blotches of iodine and Mercurochrome that Miss Amy had artfully applied to his face, Elvis looked like a seriously substandard human being.

The author's frequent injections of film noiresque humor work a treat:

That is, until you got a little closer and saw what she was wearing - one of those new London, England miniskirts - she was showing more underwear than a Memphis clothesline.

No doubt about it, Mrs. van Deusen was a living advertisement for a T-and-A job. Between her amplified front and backside, she offered enough shelf space to display a dozen bowling trophies.

Verdict: Such Vicious MInds is a fitting fourth instalment in Daniel Klein's entertaining series of murder mysteries featuring Elvis Presley, super sleuth. With the festive season holidays fast approaching, EIN recommends that you sit back, relax, have a sip your favorite beverage and take in a first rate whodunnit which will keep you smiling and guessing until the very end. And you won't believe what they make plaster casts of these days!

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