"The little-known murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer in October, 1964, may well be the connecting tissue binding together some of the central characters near the top of the conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Utilizing solid research with an insider's knowledge, Peter Janney gives us an intriguing close-up view of Allen Dulles, Cord Meyer, James Angleton, Ben Bradlee and a host of other operatives and spooks, all of whom are tied to the woman who may have been instrumental in turning Kennedy from a hawkish Cold Warrior into a seeker of peace. Mary's Mosaic just might have solved a great murder mystery. This is a must read!"
- Jim Marrs, author of Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy and The New York Times Bestseller Rule by Secrecy.
Honorable Mention – 2012 N.E. Book Festival for General Non-Fiction.
Honorable Mention – 2012 London Book Festival for General Non-Fiction.
Investigation of JFK mistress's murder leads author to the CIA . . . And his own father.
“A fascinating story... Peter Janney’s unsparing analysis moves us closer to a reckoning.” - Oliver Stone
"Kennedy scholars, JFK assassination researchers and all concerned Americans owe Peter Janney their deep gratitude for his relentless exploration into the professional-style murder of Mary Meyer – a woman who, as Kennedy's mistress and a former CIA wife, simply knew too much for her own good. Janney, who knew and adored Meyer as a boy, brings his own personal sense of mission to this investigative project. The story of Meyer's murder, and its coverup, is one more fascinating footnote to the Kennedy assassination, and it shines an important light on the forces behind the tragic events in Dallas, a tragedy from which the country is still suffering.”
- David Talbot, founder of Salon, and New York Times bestselling author of The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.
“Mary’s Mosaic reads like a John Grisham thriller crossed with an Oliver Stone movie. Its sprawling narrative offers spies galore, missing documents, a sprinkling of Georgetown glitter, Cold War geopolitics, and even a role for LSD guru Timothy Leary.”
- Joseph P. Kahn, Boston Globe, May 26, 2012.
“Mary's Mosaic is a story about intertwined destinies, about human strength and weakness, and finally about forces of good and evil. The book makes a reader consider those possibilities within each of us, even as what unfolds is on a Shakespearean stage.”
- Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much and On the Trail of the JFK Assassins.
Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton to locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive? Had Mary Meyer finally put together the intricate pieces of a plan to assassinate her lover, President John F. Kennedy, with the trail ultimately leading to the CIA? And was it mere coincidence that Mary was killed less than three weeks after the release of the Warren Commission Report?
These are the questions that author Peter Janney finally answers in a way that no one else ever has. In doing so, he may well have solved Washington, D.C.'s most famous unsolved murder. Based on years of painstaking research and interviews, much of it revealed here for the first time, the author traces the key events and influences in the life of Mary Pinchot Meyer, including her first meeting with Jack Kennedy at the Choate School in 1936; her explorations with psychedelic drugs; her relationship with Timothy Leary; and finally how she supported the president as he turned away from the Cold War toward the pursuit of world peace in early 1963.
The 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination – and Mary Meyer’s – has come and gone, but their deaths remain a haunting harbinger of America's fall from grace. Mary’s Mosaic adds to our understanding of why both took place.
"Mary's Mosaic introduced me to a crucial new aspect of the Kennedy presidency that I was unfamiliar with. It taught me about the remarkable extent to which President Kennedy shared with his final amour, his true soul mate, the inner foreign policy workings of his administration - and the extent to which Mary Pinchot Meyer apparently challenged and influenced Jack Kennedy during the final two years of his Presidency. She was apparently there, beside him every step of the way, throughout 1963, as he embarked upon his quest to try to end the Cold War, and return sanity to America's foreign policy.
Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this mesmerizing book is the detailed and convincing manner in which it reveals the suffocating power of the official JFK assassination cover-up imposed by the U.S. government immediately after his death - the power to manipulate the media and to steal documents; the willingness to manipulate the judicial system by aggressively attempting to frame an innocent man for a crime he did not commit; and even the willingness to commit murder to silence one brave and respected citizen who was about to publicly oppose the sham conclusions of the Warren Report. Mary Meyer paid for her bravery - and her loyalty - with her life, but Peter Janney has rewarded her courage by publicly revealing, for the first time, the true and complete story of her relationship with President Kennedy during the fateful final year of his life."
- Douglas P. Horne
Chief Analyst for Military Records, The Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) and author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK., Vols. I-V.