For Immediate Release:

Contact: Maxine Schnall
Phone: 954-564-8226

New book reveals Jackie Kennedy’s CIA job offer

Paris to Die For: Jackie Kennedy as a CIA agent in 1950s Paris

Fort Lauderdale, FL- July 18, 2011—On May 7, 1951, 21-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wrote an authentic letter filed in the John F. Kennedy Library stating that she is going to work for the CIA on “a special job on a certain project.” Paris to Die For, a book inspired by the letter and written by two authors under the pen name Maxine Kenneth, will be published by Grand Central Publishing on July 28, Jackie Kennedy’s birthday. This glamorous spy novel envisions Jackie’s hair-raising adventures as a CIA agent in 1950s Paris, is filled with little-known details about Jackie’s actual life, and blends suspense, romance, and high fashion with factual historical detail. With the help of Jacques Rivage, a handsome French photographer and freelance CIA agent, Jackie infiltrates high society in the City of Lights, rubbing elbows with the likes of the Duchess of Windsor and Audrey Hepburn. Racing from one death-defying event to the next, the once-pampered debutante draws on her courage and quick intelligence to stay alive in the shadowy world of international intrigue and keep her date with a certain up-and-coming young congressman from Massachusetts. Paris to Die For is an imaginative tribute to this iconic woman.  

The authors, Maxine Schnall and Ken Salikof, met on Craig’s list and never met in person until they had finished the book and sold it to Grand Central as the first of a series of Jackie spy novels. The sequel, Havana to Die For, will be published in 2012.

In conjunction with Paris to Die For, a Jackie Kennedy look-alike contest is being launched on Entrants are invited to upload their photos, along with their comments. Among the prizes are a bottle of Chanel No. 5 (Jackie uses the atomizer as a weapon in the book) and a tour as the next American Icon.

What people are saying…

“Great fun! Makes you want to buy big sunglasses and fly to Paris.”
----Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author
“JFK loved Ian Fleming’s creation of James Bond, so this intriguing novel may not be as far-fetched as you think.”
----Kitty Kelley, New York Times bestselling author of Jackie Oh!
"In her last year as an editor, Jacqueline Onassis was actually working on an espionage story that intersected with her own life at key points. I can imagine her paging through PARIS TO DIE FOR with a wicked smile."
----William Kuhn, author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

About the authors

Maxine Schnall is the author of six nonfiction books and a novel, The Broadbelters, optioned by film director Stanley Kubrick. Her nonfiction work includes What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger and Limits: A Search for New Values, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Maxine is also a former contributing editor with Woman’s Day, a CBS radio talk show host, and a popular media personality with six appearances on Oprah.  Her website can be found at
Ken Salikof is a reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, a screenwriter, and an independent book editor. He has sold scripts to New World Cinema, HBO, Nickelodeon, and several independent producers and has edited bestselling novels. His blog, Cinema Esoterica, can be found at

Media Samples

Review copies are available upon request.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact: Maxine Schnall at email:; phone: 954-564-8226 or visit: and

Ordering and Sales Information

PARIS TO DIE FOR will be featured on the new release table in all Barnes and Noble stores as of July 28 and may be ordered directly from the publisher at,, , and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

Title: Paris to Die For
Author: Maxine Kenneth
Genre: Spy novel, romantic thriller
ISBN: 978-0-446-56741-1
Publication Date: July 28, 2011
Pages: 337
Price: $13.99
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing