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The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich [Kindle Edition]

Henry F. Mazel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Written as filmic treatment, The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich is a short story 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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  • File Size: 90 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00588T5NW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smokey little jewel of a story September 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Plot against Marlene Dietrich has the honor of being my very first e-book and the even greater honor of being one of the few really memorable short stories I've read. Mazel has written sort of historical what-if a la `Inglorious Bastards.' There is even an angry Hitler surrounded by his generals scene in which the Fuhrer berates Dietrich for not accepting his offer to be his mistress that puts Tarantino to shame. However it isn't so much the plot that makes this an interesting work as much as it is the style. Palpable mood is what distinguishes this work. Punchy, quick dialogue with just the right amount of thirties slang sets the tone of a gritty noir thriller; but there is a poetic ring to some of the lines and the descriptions that show Mazel has considerable power as a writer. He also has a great gift for creating compelling characters that the reader cares about in a very limited amount of time. I enjoyed the distinct voice of every character. I was curious about them and cared for them, so much in fact that I wanted the story to be longer so I could spend more time with them. That is my only complaint about this story; at thirty two pages it does seem a little rushed in its pacing. On the whole however I found it gripping and enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mystery Novelette of the Year! September 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mazel brings Old Hollywood to Life September 12, 2011
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Henry Mazel brilliantly melds the glitz and the glamour of old Hollywood with the grit and the grime of the harsh New York Streets. He weaves a tale of intrigue, murder and suspense that would have made Sam Spade proud. His prose brings to life the embattled feelings of an sardonic detective who has seen to much, but still has a hint of human vulnerability.

The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich takes all the essential elements of the time period to create a stirring tale that will keep you riveted until the very end. It's a time when betrayal is the name of the game and private detective Alex Rada is an expert player. When the supposed body of a Hollywood starlet is found on a New York beach, it becomes personal.

Rada becomes embroiled in a game of cat and mouse that involved the Nazis, F.B.I. and one of the most famous old Hollywood stars of all time. If you want a tale that will keep you guessing until the end, then The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting read! October 3, 2011
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This book is well-written and is a great read for everyone. I enjoyed the detail in his writing and found the characters entertaining. It's a short book but don't be fooled by its size, there is a lot to learn in a few pages. I certainly enjoyed the history aspect of the story and actually learned a thing or two along the way. Please write more entertaining novels for us all to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Noir With An Artisanal Glow September 10, 2011
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Henry Mazel's "The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich" has an artisanal glow. Fall back in time with him. The world of late 1930's NY is race painted around you. Let its insinuating pace drag you away. A slow tide is creeping up. Don't bother trying to dodge it. Let the tide command you through this visceral trip into the shadows of noir.

(Note: I personally have little knowledge of this time in American History outside of film and my grandparents stories. This didn't matter and was indeed one of the Dietrich's treats.)

The dead body of a legendary beauty is found on a Coney Island beach next to a colored man with Harlem Renaissance connections. The badge and the private investigator are on the scene. Lt. Impolitari is called imp for short, which strikes me as clever and funny. Through Dietrich's corpse and the people surrounding it, we discover links to Hitler and Hollywood. Say what? Yeah you heard it right. Absurdly cool and intriguing. Upon more analysis and multiple reads, I sense there is something deeper in the symbolism to uncover.

Personally, I read for style over plot. The former still holding importance, but not as mandatory for me as the artistic side. This story has an equal balance of both, which really makes me want to read a full novel of Mazel's work, preferably a series that takes place during this time in history. As mentioned in the other reviews this is Hammett territory, but because of the historical facet, the style feels more like a New York version of Andrea Camilleri to me.

The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich is written in a dreamy style with bursts of grit. It's smooth. Captivating. While it's a novelette I expect that it will stick in your mind longer than most full length novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Awkwardly written, too short for what we're given
The author sent me this book about a year ago. Honestly, I had to google to find out who Marlene Dietrich was so you know where I'm coming from with this review. Read more
Published 21 months ago by CandysRaves (and Rants)
5.0 out of 5 stars A Distinct Novelette Set in the 1930's
The author has done a terrific job in writing a striking story which fits 31 pages in my e-reader. The scenes in Coney Island, in the lair of Dietrich in Hollywood, and in glitzy... Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by tellnemo
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokey and Mysterious
Beautifully written, it creates a mood, very evocative of the period. The style is very much like the lovely cover, smokey and mysterious. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Oryx
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not a novella as much as the outline for one. But this COULD be...
Given my Amazon ranking, I get a lot of email asking me to review an author's work; many of these are clearly self-published. I nearly always say No. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Esther Schindler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast pasted and relevant
This is a great novella. I loved the fast pace. When I was reading it, I felt like the action could have been happening right now, in real time, even though it takes place in the... Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Julie O
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of Hollywood, History and Murder
One of the simplest joys of reading a finely crafted story is the way that even without an abundance of words, the settings and characters manage to take you away into their world... Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Thomas Spychaslki
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Murder Mystery
This historical short story takes place during the late 1930s, and smoothly transitions between New York City, Hollywood, and Hitler's Germany. Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Wendy Scalfaro
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
This fast-paced novelette is well-worth the price and the 45 minutes or so it takes to read. But, don't rush through it. Instead, savor the gems sprinkled throughout. Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by anne
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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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