Tupelo-Memphis Murders: A Psychological Study of Self-Destruction
Grave Productions, 2004, Softcover, ISBN: 097568680)
written, this book is the first attempt to bring together
in one publication the eclectic conspiracy stories that
make up the mysterious "Elvis underground".
publicity described the themes as being "controversial"
and there is no doubt they are:
(an issue that will enrage some fans)
visits by men-in-black
very mysterious Government(?) agency
many fans are likely to find a lot of the themes extreme (aren't
most conspiracy theories) this won't detract from enjoying
what is a good book.
Tupelo-Memphis Murders relies on two basic ingredients:
a fluid, engaging writing style; and
themes expressed in a cryptic manner which on the one hand
confuse you, and on the other make you want to know more...a
use of short, quite clever quotations to introduce each chapter
is a nice device with each quote symbolic of the following
narrative. Among the most frustrating parts of the book are
the concluding chapters which use an excerpt from "Alice Through
the Looking Glass" and a confounding "end game" (what does
names are generally not used in The Tupelo-Memphis Murders,
to those familiar with its themes, a delightful narrative
communicates who the major players are and also paints vividly
evocative pictures around its unusual, and at times, confronting,
are occasionally some unexpected changes in writing style
in the book that are irritating (eg. the alternating use of
present and past tense) but this is a minor issue. We suspect
that this device, as with the often cryptic nature of the
narrative, was deliberate, the intention being to never let
the reader settle, to keep them a little off balance and always
thinking. It works. We also didn't see The Tupelo-Memphis
Murders as a study in "self-destruction and murder"
but again this in no way detracts from the book's merits as
a unique and intriguing entry in the world of Elvis literature.
the annals of "Elvis conspiracy" theory, The Tupelo-Memphis
Murders ranks as one of the best. It is better written and
superior to The Memphis Mystery (Smith), The Elvis Mystery
(McRae), Elvis Alive? Where Are You? (Chanzes) and Fairytale.
A very different Elvis book that is challenging, cryptic and
confusing. You simply won't have read anything like it before.
Be prepared to get totally hooked and to never look at the
Elvis story in the same way again!
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