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The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau by [Bond, Noah]
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The preponderance of literature on the subject of President Kennedy's assassination is vast. Ever since Mark Lane's Rush to Judgment seriously questioned the Warren Commission's lone gunman theory, the door swung open to speculative conspiracy theories. Decades after the assassination, government committees officially conceded that a conspiracy existed, but added that no conclusive evidence could be found. Theorists have implicated everyone from Jimmy Hoffa to Castro to the CIA. In his latest novel, The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau, Noah Bond has created a chilling version of a plot by the mob to kill the president. Bond has authored NOMAD/Y The Moonbase Project and a number of screenplays. Surprisingly, the tale's central character and narrator is a woman who unwittingly finds work with the mob. Fresh out of high school, deep in Cajun country, Bones LeBeau ventures to New Orleans in the Spring of 1963 to seek fortune and fame. She stumbles upon a waitress-stripper job at a restaurant owned by a mobster. Unsuspectingly, she goes about her business chatting and entertaining the team of collaborators hatching a plot to assassinate the president. Enter Mr. Carlos, Mr. Dave, Mr. Santos, Mr. Leon, and Mr. Jack, who some readers will, in time, recognize as real-life historical figures; i.e., members of organized crime and spies and underworld characters implicated by conspiracy theorists. What sets this book apart from others like it (DeLillo's Libra and Mailer's Oswald's Tale) is the use of a purely fictional character --- an invention --- who keeps close company with the collaborators leading up to that fateful day in Dallas. In so doing, the story moves along in an eerie and hypnotic fashion. The plot recalls Sharespeare's Julius Caesar with Mr. Leon and Mr. Dave taking on the roles of Caesar's assassinations. Instead of the shadowy streets of ancient Rome, the plot is set in the seedy back room of a New Orleans restaurant. Having researched many source materials on the assassination (the Warren Commission, published FBI files, KGB memos, and countless novels and journalistic reports), the author took stale facts, archived testimony, and anecdotes and turned them into something altogether different, especially in recreating the voices of the conspirators to simulate real-life players in the plot. The author weaves fact and fiction for dramatic effect so that the readers aren't bogged down by a myriad of facts. For readers unacquainted with the conspiracy theories, the story is seductive with its ambiguity to keep them wondering what is unfolding, while to those convinced that Oswald did not act alone, the book is equally compelling and will be a welcome addition to their conspiracy theories library. At the end, the author adds a twist with a shocking memo by a Soviet KGB agent who shares his own revelations. After arguing that Kennedy had a long list of enemies, the agent exposes the complexity of the forces at work, and the real reason why the president was assassinated. Four stars (out of Five). --ForeWord Clarion Reviews (complete review)

It's the summer of 1963. Cajun ingenue Bones LeBeau arrives in New Orleans and lands a waitress job in a seedy restaurant where a clique of underworld-type figures known to her only by their first names holds court. But she overhears their unsettling table talk about Cuba, The Company, Norma Jean and a certain objectionable public servant; her innocent suggestion that they get said official fired sparks a malevolent glimmer in their eyes. Drifting to Dallas, Bones works at a strip club belonging to one Mr. Jack.... The author steeps Bones' story in atmospheric settings and punchy dialogue, and Kennedy assassination mavens will enjoy spotting various figures and plot shards from prominent conspiracy theories. --Kirkus Discoveries (excerpts)

It's the summer of 1963. Cajun ingenue Bones LeBeau arrives in New Orleans and lands a waitress job in a seedy restaurant where a clique of underworld-type figures known to her only by their first names holds court. But she overhears their unsettling table talk about Cuba, The Company, Norma Jean and a certain objectionable public servant; her innocent suggestion that they get said official fired sparks a malevolent glimmer in their eyes. Drifting to Dallas, Bones works at a strip club belonging to one Mr. Jack.... The author steeps Bones' story in atmospheric settings and punchy dialogue, and Kennedy assassination mavens will enjoy spotting various figures and plot shards from prominent conspiracy theories. --Kirkus Discoveries (excerpts)

From the Author

I was just starting law school when President Kennedy was shot in Dallas. I read with great interest the articles by Jim Garrison in Playboy --- the only national magazine that was willing to look outside the Warren Report. My interest continued over the next three decades, fueld in part by the motion picture JFK, but also by tangential items found in books that were not about the assassination. Despite, the enormous amount of research done, none of these books offered a single compelling motive for the assassination. I finally realized that the authors simply didn't know why JFK was shot! That was the moment I decided to find the motive myself. It involved going back decades before Jack Kennedy was involved in politics, to Detroit's Purple Gang putting out a hit on Joseph Kennedy for smuggling illegal alcohol through their territory. The motive eventually became crystal clear, but I had never read it. That put me in the position of having to expose it. As a novelist, the thought of having my book dictated by a legion of established facts made me uncomfortable. To make matters worse, no single participant in the story was present at all the right times and places to tell the story. So I made up a character. Bones is young and naive, but eager and intelligent. As a waitress at Carlos Marcello's restaurant in New Orleans, she serves the very real mob bosses in the back room while they plot. But she doesn't overhear enough to put it together until it is too late.

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  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Mission Investments, Inc.; First edition (August 19, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408A6W0
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