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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Rada Mysteries
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crime & Again Pr; 1 edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966589904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966589900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,450,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Alex Rada's shabby abode in lower Manhattan belies his tenacity as a private detective: he soon discovers that a college woman reported missing has been murdered. Alex investigates her past, the not-so supportive "family" that raised her, and her clandestine relationship with his female client, a media adviser for an ambitious female senatorial candidate. With its quick-action vignettes, straightforward dialog, lurking villain, and sketchy-but-picturesque characters, this first novel reflects Mazel's screenwriting experience. A lightweight touch for larger collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When New York private eye Alex Rada is hired to find a missing graduate student, he winds up smack-dab in the middle of a web of political intrigue. In many ways, this is a fairly ordinary mystery. Ex-cop Rada is not a particularly successful detective, his client Is beautiful and duplicitous, and Alex solves the case more by luck than by skill. But readers who check it out will be rewarded with a well-written slightly eccentric tale that's most satisfying. This is the first novel by Mazel, a playwright and screenwriter, and he's clearly put a lot of work into it. Although his plot comes right out of the pulp-fiction magazines of a half-century ago, his prose-is fresh and funny, and his story is populated by people we haven't seen before. Mazel can write rings around some of his more established competitors, and readers looking for something unique will be delighted to discover him. --David Pitt -- David Pitt, Booklist, February 15, 1999

More About the Author

You can REACH HENRY MAZEL by e-mail at: ahro@aol.com


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, as well as The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich. My political novel, Murderously Incorrect, will soon be available in Kindle format.

HENRY MAZEL ON AMAZON AUTHORS AND 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
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Engrossing intriguing novel with interesting characters, dialogue and intricately woven plot. Alex Rada is someone I'd like to know: a little flawed, tough and good. I look forward to another read from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
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This is a great mystery with a terrific lead character. The story kept me guessing, and the minor characters are very well drawn. The political part of the book seemed so real, I thought the author must have been in politics. A really terrific read, and it makes you think of the moral ambiguities in our own lives.
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By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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A noir mystery with political intrigue. Comparing anyone to Chandler or Hammett is expecting an awful lot, but Mazel does have that potential. There's a real presence to the setting -- Manhattan becomes one of the characters, and the protagonist, Alex Rada, is infused with a dry wit that makes you smile to yourself. A wonderful achievement and a great book. Highly recommended
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By A Customer on March 2, 1999
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Henry F. Mazel has accomplished something his first time at bat few mystery writers manage even after a lifetime of writing -- he's brought a fresh voice to the mystery field. . . One of the best things about this book is that it has been written by someone who's obviously "been around." There is a certain cynicism and worldliness to Mazel's words that is lacking in the majority of mystery novels published today. Read Mazel's description of a political rally, and how a candidate needs to wait for the right moment to make her appearance:
"About forty-five minutes -- that's what it took to let the excitement really build, to allow the gathered throng to generate a feeding frenzy. Less time and they wouldn't peak, any more time and there would have been that bead of anxiety that leads to restlessness and the first signs of resentment. And you couldn't have that."
. . .This book is both different and fun. Recommended for all types of mystery fans -- and especially for those favoring hardboiled/noir fiction.
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Fans of the hardboiled genre, there is a new private investigator in New York City, Alex Rada, a former NY police officer. Katharine Raines, a college professor and political consultant to Delaney Lynch, candidate for the U.S. Senate in New York, hires Rada to investigate the disappearance of grad student, Susan Blake. Upon discovering that she has been murdered in her apartment, Rada is determined to find out who committed the brutal murder. There are a number of twists and turns in this plot. And the ending will surprise the reader. Mazel writes action scenes that keep readers sitting on the edge of their chairs in suspense. The scene of Rada chasing a suspect through the streets of New York was riveting. The prologue introduces the reader to Alex and sets the stage effectively for the story. I particularly like titles for every chapter. I am looking forward to Alex Rada's next investigation and to finding out more about Alex.
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