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  • 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: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 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: #6,988,281 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.

Review

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

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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 March 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
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 October 25, 1998
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REVIEWED BY THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Murderously Incorrect Henry F. Mazel Crime and Again Press 245 8th Avenue, Suite 283, New York, NY 10011 0-9665899-0-4 $12.95 1-212-727-0151 CrimePress@aol.com
Beth Lewis Reviewer
Mostly, we live in a world of ambiguity, not quite sure whether our moral compasses always point north. No one more so than the protagonist of this taut new detective thriller, Alex Rada. He's not above pocketing a few bucks he finds in an apartment he's rifling through, then changing his mind and placing the money back in the drawer it came from before leaving. Rada is literally a man investigating a post-modern world he can't quite figure out.
Alex's world is downtown Manhattan. And though it's a cool autumn in New York, the city is in the midst of a very hot political season. Not exactly Alex Rada's cup of tequila. He'd rather hold up in the East Village apartment he calls his office, venturing out for the occasional divorce case, or to serve an easy subpoena. Such are the habits of the indolent detective.
Katharine Raines a political science professor at New York University will have none of it. She hires Rada to find her missing graduate assistant, Susan Blake. Katharine Raines is also a respected member of the senatorial campaign staff of Delaney Lynch, the woman who has just won the New York State Democratic senatorial nomination. After failing to reach Rada by phone, Katharine Raines goes to Alex's threadbare office. When she asks him why there's no way to leave a message on his answering machine, Alex replies: "I'm not that mechanically inclined."
"You mean," she asks, "not that mechanically inclined like Richard Nixon, or not that mechanically inclined like your basic village idiot?
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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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By A Customer on November 25, 1998
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Professor Katherine Raines retains Manhattan private investigator Alex Rada to find her missing graduate assistant Susan Blake. Though the case seems like a lot of work to the lazy Rada, the money from the NYU instructor and political consultant to senatorial candidate Delaney Lynch is too good to pass up at a time when it is most needed.
The case starts poorly for Alex when he is forced off the road. The investigation turns ugly when a sniper fires bullets into Katherine's apartment. Alex desperately wants off the case, but Katherine manages to keep him on by raising the ante. However, as Alex continues his sleuthing for the missing Susan, he suddenly questions his wisdom for accepting the exorbitant fee since he is caught in the midst of murder and double-dealing that could leave him without the opportunity to spend the money he earned.
MURDEROUSLY CORRECT is a wonderful debut novel due to the complexity of the characters. Alex is a great sleuth and his relationship with his client is fabulous. The detective aspects to the interesting story line are done with wit and energy. Though there is some profanity, it blends in well with the plot and charcaters. Henry F. Mazel demonstrates a high level of skill when he makes readers think in a thoughtful manner about individual morality. For this reason alone, readers should buy this book.

Harriet Klausner
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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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