Frank Soutelo is a down-at-heel private detective, the son of Galician immigrants, based in Los Angeles, California. He doesn’t get much choice in his assignments and has to take pretty much what’s on offer, so when he gets hired and paid an advance of twenty-five thousand dollars, he’s understandably pleased, and his secretary even more so. The unusual thing, however, is what he’s been asked to do: to recover the body of the actress Marilyn Monroe, which has reputedly gone missing from her grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Big Frank, as he is known, is about to get drawn into a world that is unfamiliar to him: a world of necrophiliacs, zealous watchmen, uniformed chauffeurs and high-class mansions. The question is will he be able to extricate himself from this situation with his dignity and heart in one piece?
Publication Date: 15 August 2016 / Language: English / Paperback: 150 pages / Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm / Price: £7.99 / €10.99 / $12.99
A Niche for Marilyn does lay a decent foundation for the series. Soutelo is a solid lead, and Anxo Fernández does recreate the Chandler-feel of Los Angeles well enough. It would be interesting to see where the series went from here.