The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich [NOOK Book]

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A novelette of mystery, romance, and German intrigue on the eve of World War II. Alex Rada is on the case again. This time determined to find the perpetrators of the final plot against the great Marlene Dietrich. Historical fiction woven against the background of race and ethnicity that evokes the gritty feel of 1930’s New York, and of romantic Hollywood.

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Overview

A novelette of mystery, romance, and German intrigue on the eve of World War II. Alex Rada is on the case again. This time determined to find the perpetrators of the final plot against the great Marlene Dietrich. Historical fiction woven against the background of race and ethnicity that evokes the gritty feel of 1930’s New York, and of romantic Hollywood.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011431173
  • Publisher: Henry Mazel
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,213,388
  • File size: 117 KB

Meet the Author

FROM HENRY MAZEL: I'm writing mostly historical fiction these days, with a Jewish flavor; but certainly accessible to all. Two additional stories are now available for Kindle: The Principal of Rivington Street and The Chooser.


HENRY MAZEL ON AUTHORS AND e-BOOKS:Never before have so few been exposed to so many at so affordable a cost.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Henry F. Mazel has written for The New York Times, and has published numerous stories and articles in his twenty-year career. His novel, Murderously Incorrect, won the OLMA award for first time mysteries. A play, Life and Other Games of Chance, was produced on Theatre Row in New York City.


He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and The Mystery Writers of America. He is also past professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly Recommended

    Set in the late 1930s, Henry F. Mazel writes an admirable novelette while maintaining an engaging and compelling page-turner that combines police corruption, the post-Harlem Renaissance music scene and a Hollywood movie star's covert role in Nazi Germany. If you find well-written mysteries irresistible, you will enjoy "The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich," a vintage murder mystery. In this first-rate e-book, the award-winning author continues the saga of New York private investigator Alex Rada as he exams carnage at a scandalous murder scene.

    "Rada stood over the body, then knelt down for a closer look.
    He dug his hand into the sand right near her. It was damp,
    not wet. He brushed the hair off her face. The shock of recognition
    drained the blood from his face and snapped his hand away."

    Fans will be pleased that Mazel preserves the suspense that shrouds the private detective's character as he penetrates the moral fibers of a global criminal inquisition and chronicles a myriad of shocking events in history. The historical novelist engages readers in a page-turner that entices them to savor the beautifully well-written prose and allows them to become immersed in a period piece that provides a pictorial commentary of influential myopic events of the era.

    The "Plot Against Marlene Dietrich" successfully blends the horrific reign of Germany's autocracy intertwining the emergence of the Golden Age of Hollywood and provides accounts of the nation's deplorable demeanor during the Jim Crow era. It is admirable that, amidst the period's adversity, Mazel pens a vivid story that illustrates the private criminal investigation of a binary assassination that links the uptown Harlem jazz scene, Hollywood and the horrific reign of Germany's dictatorship before Word War II. By the end of the story, memorable flashbacks of compelling moments in history are made eminent by the fictionalization of events that remain unrequited in the 20th Century.

    The complexity of reading this novelette, without sentiment, may prove difficult due to the pragmatic narration of the story and astounding events that the writer brings to life on every page. After reading "The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich," readers will eagerly anticipate P.I. Rada's next criminal investigation.

    Ultimately, a plausible adaptation to the Broadway stage or, better yet, the big screen!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    NICE!!

    THIS A TEST CUSTOMER REVIEW

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Highly recommended. Put it on the top of your list

    A really enjoyable, keeps-you-guessing mystery set in Hollywood and New York in the 30's. Very noir. Loved the characters and the feel of being back in another time, complete with some of the social injustice then. You can read the book for the mystery and the twists and turns of the plot, of which there are many -- but also, on another level, the contradictions of our racial past. Multi-leveled. My only complaint is that I wish it hadn't ended so soon and was longer. Great read.

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