In his first two novels in this series, “Kill Me Tender” and “Blue Suede Clues”, Klein managed to display a very believable P.I. Presley. The timeframe fitted (nearly) perfectly and the small mistakes that were made in the debut of the series (“Kill Me Tender”) were gone in the second one. Both novels brought a mixture of fictive and well known characters, giving the stories a strong base and making the reader think “If only… Elvis stood up against the Colonel, like he did in the story. ”
After the success of "Kill Me Tender" and "Blue Suede Clues" it must be a hard job to come up with another good story in this P.I. Elvis-series. Daniel Klein did it with "Viva Las Vengeance". It takes off a bit slower than the first two starring Elvis as detective and gets a bit moralistic now and then. But somewhere along the way it grabs you again and the surprising end gives you a satisfied feeling, thinking "he did it again!" Better would be, “they did it again.” Elvis solved the mystery and Daniel Klein told the story perfectly.
As with the previous two murder mysteries we don’t want to awaken any “vengeance” by telling too much about the story, do as Elvis does in this story, and solve the mystery yourself.