In a way, Marilyn Monroe didn't commit suicide.... Norma Jean Mortenson given name) murdered her."".... This is a book about suicides: Hemingway, Forrestal, Mrs. Shelley, Julian Harvey, Hart Crane, Robert Young, Arshile Gorky, Diana Barrymore, Dr. Wilhelm Stekel, Joseph Goebbels and Marilyn. It is written in magazine prose; in act it depends for much of its documentation-speculation on magazine coverage, along with whatever book length-testimony is available. Mr. Meaker has had a longstanding uriosity in suicide and he has kept up on his reading (viz. Zolotow on Monroe, Rogow Forrestal, etc.) along with a little professional theorizing (Freud, Menninger). Still, if suicide is the ""loneliest death,"" who is to witness why? Certainly not Mr. eaker in spite of his avocation or this collectivitis of journalist's notes. He onders why Hemingway didn't leave a note before he ""added the wow to the end of his own story."" Perhaps people should be allowed to kill themselves without leaving notes. Unless they are lovely notes.