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The John Lennon Affair

The John Lennon Affair

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by Robert S. Levinson

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Manhattan. December 8, 1980—A crazed fan murders John Lennon. Reporter Neil Gulliver races to New York, falls in with two of Lennon’s closest mates, and begins relationships that tie him indelibly to the secret world inside rock-and-roll. Years later—Someone is killing people behind a music festival honoring the ex-Beatle’s memory, and


Manhattan. December 8, 1980—A crazed fan murders John Lennon. Reporter Neil Gulliver races to New York, falls in with two of Lennon’s closest mates, and begins relationships that tie him indelibly to the secret world inside rock-and-roll. Years later—Someone is killing people behind a music festival honoring the ex-Beatle’s memory, and the targets include Neil.

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Publishers Weekly
Levinson's long experience in music public relations, the handling of rock stars, and writing and producing has provided him with material and styles enough for three novels, but not enough of substance for any one novel. Following hot on the heels of The James Dean Affair and The Elvis and Marilyn Affair, his latest eulogizes the murdered Beatle, the story split between Lennon's own time and a huge, mob-inspired John Lennon Imagine That! Memorial Rock Festival in 2001. Making their third appearance are Levinson's series protagonists, newspaperman Neil Gulliver and TV actress Stevie Marriner, known as the "Sex Queen of the Soaps." Gulliver covered Lennon's death, and now he and Stevie find themselves appearing in the massive festival in his honor. Someone doesn't want them around, though, and will kill to keep them away. Ironically, among the parade of stock supporting characters crooks, assassins, drunken Indians, politicians, actors, sinister Treasury agents and "Feebies" (FBI agents) Lennon himself is only peripheral. He is given occasional lines, once at an earlier festival: "They have a bloody foogin' concert in me honor to raise money to wipe out weapons, and it brings on one gun going off after the bleeding next." It may be news that Mark David Chapman, who shot him, had been hired to shoot President-elect "Dutch" Reagan instead. Enough names are dropped to fill an agent's Rolodex (including those in a lengthy author's note), and gags abound, but more attention to plot would have been helpful for the bewildered reader. Readers who pick this up hoping for all Beatles all the time will be disappointed what they'll get is a mediocre mystery with the musician as hook and the rock sceneas background d?cor. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Series protagonist Neil Gulliver lost his first job because of John Lennon's murder. Now, Gulliver is a famous L.A. journalist who lives with (but is divorced from) soap star Stevie Marriner. Because of their involvement in a previous case (The James Dean Affair), they try to lie low but instead become murder targets when a Treasury agent insists they appear at a recently revived Lennon tribute. Apparently a mobster is using the event to launder his ill-gotten gains, but further complicationsironic and otherwisequickly ensue. Wonderful dialog, great plotting, plentiful Hollywood tidbits, and literate prose; strongly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's been 20 years since Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon dead outside the Dakota, but overgrown groupie Neil Gulliver ("The James Dean Affair", 2000, etc.) just can't get over it. Especially not when Treasury agent Martin Halliwell cons Neil and his still-beloved ex, Stevie "Sex Queen of the Soaps" Marriner, into helping him run a sting operation to trap whoever's been using the Lennon tribute "Imagine That!" concerts to launder dirty money. Halliwell's shady ties reach back to Neil's mentor A.K. Fowler, a journalist who taught cub reporter Gulliver a thing or two about cutting out the competition. But though Halliwell's plan is risky to the Gulliver-Marriner liaison, since it requires Stevie to cozy up to her onetime beau Richie Savage (an ex-rock star who happens to be mayor of Palm Springs) while Neil romances ex-fiancee Leigh Wilder, Neil wants to do what he can to honor the late Beatle's memory. When Richie is gunned down in his mansion, under the very noses of Richie's driver Frank Gordy and Stevie's bodyguard Armando Soledad, Neil's left to flush out an assassin while protecting Stevie's delicate neck. If they gave frequent flier miles for time travel, this entry would give Levinson enough to go back to the Stone Age. His ricocheting between distant past, near past, and present and his constant shifting from first person to third-not to mention his inability to construct a subordinate clause that refers to the proper antecedent-make this whodunit more obscure than the jacket of "Abbey Road."
From the Publisher
"Only Robert Levinson could have written so incisively about that 'secret world' having been an originator and a part of it for so many years."-Hollywood Inside Syndicate

"The first two series entries [were] fast-paced adventures. Without discarding that 'Thin Man' mood, Levinson has crafted a richer and more poignant novel."-Los Angeles Times

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ROBERT S. LEVINSON, bestselling author of eight novels, The Traitor in Us All, In the Key of Death, Where the Lies Begin, Ask a Dead Man, Hot Paint, The James Dean Affair, The John Lennon Affair, The Elvis and Marilyn Affair. A regular contributor to Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines. Cited annual EQMM Awards poll three times. His Hitchcock short story, "The Quick Brown Fox," a 2009 Derringer Award winner. His fiction has appeared in “year’s best” anthologies six consecutive years, non-fiction in Rolling Stone, Writers Guild of America’s Written By Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways Magazine, Autograph Magazine. His ninth novel, A Rhumba in Waltz Time, scheduled for August 2011. More: robertslevinson.com.

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John Lennon Affair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I liked better, the continuing story of Stevie and Neil or the very enjoyable flashes back to the past. I refuse to give anything away because this is another 'must read' in what I hope will continue to be a continuing series. (Hint: Start from 'The Elvis and Marilyn Affair' and read forward.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just lost a night's sleep because I couldn't put down 'The John Lennon Affair' by Robert S. Levinson. Levinson evokes the world of 'the biz' when Rock and Roll wasn't canned and stars were more than hype. For those of us who were there, it's a vivid flashback to scary times. For those who weren't, it's an exciting ride. But the real flip comes when the past impinges on the present. Levinson's characters Neil and Stevie are drawn into a thrill ride of murder and intrigue at a Lennon memorial festival in the desert. Good plotting, colorful characters and some thoughts to chew on. Five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The John Lennon Affair' by Robert S. Levinson whisks us back in time to John Lennon's murder, when his recurring characters Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner are 20 years younger. This trip down memory lane is a perfect set-up for Neil and Stevie's present day adventure and we join them as they attend a rock festival honoring Lennon on an Indian reservation in the California desert. This story races along -- I just couldn't put the book down. The characters are incredibly diverse and tremendously appealing. There are federal agents, a crime boss, scheming gamblers, and an Indian mystic. If that isn't exciting enough, Stevie's ex-boyfriend and Neil's ex-girlfriend show up to keep them on an uneven keel. Read this book. You'll love it. And if you somehow missed the author's previous books, remedy that right away by reading 'The Elvis and Marilyn Affair,' and 'The James Dean Affair.' They're also superb and they'll keep you on the edge of your chair. What's next Mr. Levinson? I can hardly wait!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Neil Guliver, star columnist of the Daily and Soap Opera Star Steve Marriner have been divorced for seven years, but everyone knows they still have strong feelings for one another. With the James Dean serial killer look a like still on the loose (SEE THE JAMES DEAN AFFAIR), Neil has moved in to Stevie's mini¿mansion. He knows her home has a state of the art security system and a full time bodyguard.

Their safety is once again threatened by outside forces when Neil becomes involved in the John Lennon Imagine That Revival. A treasury agent wants Stevie and Neil to obtain the inside information on money laundering by local mobster Aaron Lodger, a powerful person with mighty high connections. Mr. Lodger tells Stevie and Neil that the treasury Agent was responsible for the two mismanaged hits on President Ford and one on President Reagan. The daring duo does not know whom to believe, but they know their lives are in jeopardy because it seems as if everyone is out to finish them off.

THE JOHN LENNON AFFAIR is a fascinating and reliable trip down memory lane for the baby boomer generation, bringing back a special place in the heart's of the over forty crowd. The shoot them up action scenes add a sense of adventure to the well articulated and subtly executed novel. The romance between the two lead characters adds a lot of spice to a very enthralling thriller. Robert S. Levinson enchants the reader with his magical writing ability.

Harriet Klausner