Blue Eden

blueedenBetween these novels came three interconnected stories, Blue Eden. They deal with my obsessions of the 1970s: conspiracy, outlaws, the Kennedy assassination, J. Edgar Hoover. The stories take place in the Blue Eden diner on D Street in Washington DC, whose proprietor is Grover Jones, a black man born July 4, 1900, who has the challenge of being visited periodically by J. Edgar Hoover. Twenty-Seven Inches takes place during the hunting and killing of Dillinger in 1934; The Number of the Beast pits Grover against Ty Cobb who comes in the diner in 1947 threatening to shoot Jackie Robinson who has just integrated baseball (Hoover has taunted Cobb into it); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence happens on the last day of Hoover’s life in 1972 and is about the Kennedy assassination.

I used to think the Kennedy assassination was a ruling class Pentecost – invisible forces showed their face and the evening news spoke in tongues, if one only knew how to decipher this awful new language. I don’t know what happened in Dealey Plaza. I don’t believe one gunman, or one gunman without a support network, pulled it off – and at this point it doesn’t matter, meaning no revelation would affect the political system (If ever?). Dallas is now a mythical event that spawned a labyrinth of stories, truths and untruths, cover-up and the mechanics of cover-up. Many writers have added their own voices to the mad narrative. I wrote two unsuccessful, unpublished assassination novels in the ‘70s and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, (Called a “gem” by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, the only mention Blue Eden received), was my farewell to the subject and the unknowability of the subject.