Turner, Frederick. "The Go-Between: A Novel of the Kennedy Years", Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Remembering Camelot
It is only recently that the legend of Camelot has come to be known not only as the time when John Kennedy was president but as a time that some very sordid things were going on. Our main character here is Judith Campbell Exner, the supposed mistress of not only JFK but of Frank Sinatra and mob leader, Sam Giancana. The narrator (who is unnamed) takes us into Camelot. He is a Chicago newspaper man who seems to know the underworld well and it is through him that we get into the life of Exner as well as learn of the shady dealings and maneuvers in politics. He believes Exner was just swept up in the high life of Camelot and things get out of hand for her when she becomes the president's mistress and the go-between between organized crime and the Kennedys. Exner is a tragic figure (ala Marilyn Monroe) who rose quickly and fell just as fast and it is through her that we get to peek at power and fame. It was our reporter that found her diaries of the girl who sat at the right hand of America's president and at the left hands of criminals. This is a story like you have never read before and I was glued to the page. It is fiction but it certainly could have been and how different the world might have been had it been true...or is it? Turner gives us characters we won't forget and his detail is amazing. The plot moves along quickly as we follow Exner from a nobody to a somebody and then to a nobody again.
"It was like Hercules being told he had one day to clean ou the king's stable and barn when the place was so deep in s**t the smell of it permeated all of Greece. Well, somehow Herc did it, but then, that's a myth, and this is history, and she gave up trying to rewrite it." "She" in this quote from "The Go-Between" is Judith Campbell Exner, who for the few shining months of Camelot on the Potomac was paramour to President, Family, and Rat Pack. The months were short--barely … more