FROM HENRY MAZEL: I'm writing mostly historical fiction these days. My latest novel is RED CHRYSANTHEMUM - A NOVEL OF OCCUPIED JAPAN, both as an e-book and a hard copy. Political intrigue and some humor in the Tokyo of 1945.
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. A short film, Nouvelle Vague Repas, was purchased for the permanent collection of the Donnell library 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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always been interested in mixing fact and fiction in my writing. And intrigued by America's occupation of Japan. Unlike today, it was mostly a success of America's ability make a positive change in a society we went to war with. So the it was a natural fit. And fiction about the subject it underserved in American literature.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Dorothy Parker once said "People don't want to write, they only want to have written." I guess that's true of me. The joy comes from actually having completed a novel you're proud to say is yours.
1945, & army Lieutenant Rada has just arrived in Tokyo to witness the surrender of Japan on the battleship Missouri. Rada has a history. He was a cop in L.A. before the war. A disgraced cop. Along the way, he learned to speak Japanese, and now he’s working as a translator for General MacArthur, until he's transferred to the MPs. Then comes an assassination, communists & a beautiful Japanese woman.
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.
A delightfully quirky novelette with a Jewish flavor set in the 1950s. The Chooser is a story of a journeyman magician seeking a new trick to boost his sagging career. An old illusionist and his young protégé offer some magical assistance.