22 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The Plot Against Marlene Dietrich by Henry F. Mazel

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. I picked it up, wanting something short and easy to read, thinking it would be a great noir story with some mystery. Instead, I found myself a little bored and waiting for it to be over.

It’s not a horrible short story by any means, but the problem is that the author tries too hard to introduce too many elements into too little space. We’re given some random Hitler meeting which doesn’t really DO anything with the story but add a few paragraphs. There’s a romance that seems too contrived without enough true information or insight into the characters themselves.

From reading on Ms. Dietrich, the author does seem to do well capturing who she was and her ways of speaking/doing, but the fiction part of this historical fiction book needs either paring down or fleshing out. It just didn’t do anything for me, except perhaps make me want to read a biography about Dietrich.

Recommended for die hard Marlene Dietrich fans, perhaps.

Description:
A extended 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.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2012: 31

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