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Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large?

These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Through discovery of never-before-seen videotaped eyewitness interviews with those closest to Kilgallen and secret government documents, Shaw unfolds a "whodunit" murder mystery featuring suspects including Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Mafia Don Carlos Marcello, and a "mystery man" who may have silenced Kilgallen. All while by presenting through Kilgallen's eyes the most compelling evidence about the JFK assassinations since the House Select Committee on Assassination's investigation in the 1970s.

Called by the New York Post "the most powerful female voice in America" and by acclaimed author Mark Lane "the only serious journalist in America who was concerned with who killed John Kennedy and getting all of the facts about the assassination," Kilgallen's official cause of death, reported as an overdose of barbiturates combined with alcohol, has always been suspect since no investigation occurred despite the death scene having been staged. Shaw proves Kilgallen, a remarkable woman who broke the "glass ceiling" before the term became fashionable, was denied the justice she deserved - until now.

©2016 Mark Shaw (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Absolutely FASCINATING!

What made the experience of listening to The Reporter Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

This true life story reads like a cold war spy novel... cuz it kinda is! Sparkling 1950's Manhattan society set piece, with all the ingredients, sex, booze, media, conspiracy theories. Marvelous stuff. And the author makes a deeply compelling case that Ms. Kilgallen was indeed murdered, and quite possibly for what she knew, or some thread of what she knew.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author pulls you into her world and into a compelling plot with ease.

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Great book! Well organized, great narration

What made the experience of listening to The Reporter Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

I must confess I chose to read (well, listen to) it because of the JFK Conspiracy connection--but it was a fabulous book on it's own, no matter what you believe or what your interest level in the assassination is. This is not a book about what happened to JFK, but what happened to a brilliant reporter who wanted to find the truth. I would say, though, that's it is an essential book to read if you are trying to arm-chair detective your way through Dallas that day in November 1962, and a very interesting, entertaining book, even if you don't know or care about that day. You will care about Dorothy, I'm pretty sure. I'm so glad I read it--there are so many books, so little time. This one was worth every minute. .

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A most excellent and thought provoking book. The writing and research are superb; the narration is perfection. This is a story that could have changed history if it had been told as it unfolded. What a crime that Kilgallen was killed, and it is obvious that she was, for endeavoring to bring to light the truth about JKF's assassination. The book entertained as well as informed.

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Compelling Investigation

I stayed up all night listening to this important story. May the Truth will out

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Outstanding Work by Author Mark Shaw AAA+++

One of the best books I have ever read. Amazing story about why a great reporter had to be killed. She gave her life to pursue truth about the murder of John Kennedy and paid the ultimate price.

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The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much...Excellent read...Excellent display of research! Very clear and concise...Will be reading more by this author.

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Interesting

i was unable to stop listening. Found this an interesting, well written book. wonderful narration.

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Great research, mediocre writing

This important and fascinating book would benefit from the work of a good editor. But anyone interested in history or journalism will find it intriguing.

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Addictive, look forward to each chapter

I truly loved this book, proof I believe that all investigative reporters past and present can be silenced if they know too much. Despite the stupid words of our current "president of tweets", 90 percent of USA news is NOT FAKE, reporters are sometimes brave, extremely determined, always intelligent and CAN NOT be silenced in the USA, our Constitution guarantees this and I thank our founding fathers for creating our Democracy. A great listen and I will listen to this book again in the future . I highly recommend this book as it shows a woman who rose to success at a time when women were still fighting for equality. Dorothy Kilgallen is an inspiration for all who value truth and trust in the media, she made a difference, she made her mark here on earth. She will not be forgotten.

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The Conspiracy That Just Won't Quit

I knew Dorothy Kilgallen from my childhood Sunday nights when my parents would tune in to watch "What's My Line", but had no idea what a remarkable force this woman was until I listened to Mark Shaw's book. Belatedly, I mourn her loss.

It rapidly becomes clear from Shaw's research that Kilgallen was murdered because she was getting too close to the heart of the mystery surrounding JFK's assassination. It is a matter of considerable frustration that all of the material that she had painstakingly gathered on the murder was scooped up, probably never to be seen again.

Gabra Zackman does Shaw's book a disservice by her mediocre narration and inattention to correct pronunciation of words that she should have checked before committing the text to tape. The list of her mangled pronunciations is lengthy, with dour, appellate, lambast, and soupçon being but a few. Actor Deborah Kerr's surname is pronounced "Car" as a few minutes' research would have rapidly revealed, and I suppose that "Prince" Margaret could be passed off as a slip of the tongue, but really. On other occasions, she seemed to misread words, as, for example, "continuously" when context strongly suggests that the author had surely written "consistently". A little professional attention to the details, please.

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