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Review Crime

November 12, 2006|By Sarah Weinman | Sarah Weinman,Special to The Sun

Hollywood Station

Joseph Wambaugh

Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime

Robert J. Randisi

Thomas Dunne-St. Martin's Press / 272 pages / $23.95

What is it about the Rat Pack that still fascinates so many, more than 40 years after their heyday? Though the answer is still far from definitive, longtime mystery veteran Randisi does a bang-up job capturing Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr. and their fellow Kings of Cool in all their Vegas glory. When Joey Bishop pays a visit to the Sands one night, it's not to ask about a potential gig, but to recruit pit boss Eddie Gianelli for a little side job. After twelve years, "Eddie G" may be jaded about what happens in his adopted hometown, but getting orders from Sinatra to find out who's been sending Dino anonymous threats nearly brings out the fanboy in him. But when Eddie's investigation, helped by PI pal Danny Bardini and other assorted Vegas lifers, leads him to mobster Lou Terazzo's door, the bodies start piling up - and being starstruck ends up the least of Eddie's worries. With a likable but savvy protagonist, a deep understanding of Vegas culture and '60s style and an obvious love of the Rat Pack, Randisi delivers a stylish, memorable winner.

Sarah Weinman reviews crime fiction every month for the Sun. Visit her at www.sarahweinman.com.

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