I first read this book during the 1980s when there weren't so many biographies of Monroe to choose from. It was one of the earliest books to tackle Marilyn's alleged affairs with the Kennedys and their implication in her untimely death.
It's a gripping read, much like a good detective novel. But it really should be treated as speculation rather than hard evidence. Having read extensively about MM over the last 20 years, I realise that she was more complex, intelligent and stronger than Mr Summers would have us believe.
Rumours of Monroe's promiscuity during her early years in Hollywood are reprinted here, with no concrete proof. He writes of her problems on movie sets without making any attempt to explain the frustration she felt. He even portrays her as a highly disturbed,borderline schizophrenic although there are no medical grounds to support this.
In the section on Marilyn and the Kennedys, Summers relies heavily on the testimonies of sources like Robert Slatzer and Jeanne Carmen, but it has been widely disputed whether they knew MM at all.
It's a fascinating read for the conspiracy theorists, and always controversial. However, Summers fails to shed any new light on Monroe's true character, and has done her image a lot of harm. I would urge fans to read other, very different biographies, like Donald Spoto's, before making up their minds about Marilyn.