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Cavalcade: A Mystery [Hardcover]

Walter Satterthwait


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition edition (Jan. 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312339747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312339746
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,817,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in 1923, Satterthwait's third mystery featuring Pinkerton agents Jane Turner and Phil Beaumont doesn't work as well as its predecessors (Escapade and Masquerade), in part because the subject matter, an investigation into a failed attempt on the life of a young Adolf Hitler, clashes with Beaumont's witty asides and the burgeoning romance between the two sleuths. The couple travel to Germany after a shot is fired at Hitler during a clandestine meeting between the Nazi leader and a prominent army figure in Berlin, but the myriad plots and counterplots, as well as the official police inquiry, only muddy the waters. Turner finds herself falling for a purported psychic, while Nazi Party figures bombard Beaumont with evidence pointing to a Communist plot. Despite the impressive history reading list Satterthwait cites in the acknowledgments, his Führer is underdeveloped and too close to a caricature. The solution comes as an anticlimactic afterthought. (Those seeking a better-plotted and more atmospheric mystery involving Nazis should seek out Darwin Teilhet's gripping The Talking Sparrow Murders.) Though Turner is less well-developed than her partner, they make an engaging pair who would be better served by a return to adventures with historical figures such as Hemingway and Houdini. (Feb. 10)
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Pinkerton agents Jane Turner and Philip Beaumont have just finished another difficult assignment abroad; now the office is sending them to Germany. Their job: to find the assassin who almost succeeded in killing Adolf Hitler when he was in Berlin. Their first surprise is a pleasant one---the Nazi big shot assigned to be their guide, Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl, is a huge, jovial man who amazes his guests immediately; his English is almost without any accent! Hanfstaengl has learned American ways during his student days at Harvard. He is a talented pianist and as friendly as a puppy. Jane and Phil have no reason to think his fellow Nazis are not just as personable. This isn`t going to be so bad. Everything starts to go downhill after that, however, although a handsome Nazi almost turns Jane`s head with his attentions. Their job becomes a questionable one as the agents see more and more of the new party`s dreadful face. A woman who gives them some information is found murdered. There are other deaths, all clearly connected to the Nazi Party. By the time Jane and Phil meet Hitler, they are not only horrified and puzzled about why the Pinkerton agency accepted the job, they are very aware that they are in danger themselves. Walter Satterthwait has uncannily taken his readers to the Germany of 1923, introducing them to characters from the actual front pages of the period`s newspapers---Hanfstaengl, Rudolf Hess, and many others. As in the previous two books of this series, the crimes that Turner and Beaumont encounter are committed against a genuinely historical background. It all adds up to a suspenseful story of two likable people at risk in the treacherous atmosphere of Germany`s postwar nightmare.

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5.0 out of 5 stars very exciting and intriguing historical Jan. 25 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In 1923, The Pinkerton Agency based in London is hired by the Nazi Party to find the person responsible for trying to assassinate Adolph Hitler in Tiergarten Park. He was meeting with General Von Secit hoping that he could convince Von Secit to allow Hitler to have a Putch without the army interfering. While the men are talking, a shot rings out and a gun is found but there is no trace of the assassin.

English agent Jane Turner and American agent Phil Beaumont travel to Berlin where they discover that only eight people, all trusted aides of Hitler, knew about the meeting. The Nazi's want to blame the communists who control part of Germany but the Pinkerton agents believe that the assassin either was one of the eight people or that one of them talked to somebody who then acted on the information. Jane and Phil spend most of their time questioning the eight men but as they get closer to the truth, the octet closes ranks and tries to kill the Pinkerton Agents who the Nazis know detest their war-mongering, hate spewing agenda.

Germany in 1923 is a country on the verge of bankruptcy with beggars living on the streets and men, women and youngsters selling their bodies to get a meal. Walter Satterthwait shows why it was so easy for Hitler to rise to power because he gave the people hope that if they band together and take care of the Bolsheviks and the Jewish "Problems", Germany can because a powerful country again. CAVALCADE is an investigate thriller that shows how hate can fester under certain conditions allow atrocities to occur. This is a very exciting and intriguing reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Satterthwait's third Pinkerton mystery . . . March 14 2013
By M Denise C - Published on Amazon.com
Cavalcade is Walter Satterthwait's third mystery featuring the two Pinkerton detectives, Phil Beaumont and Jane Turner, following Escapade and Masquerade. With the Paris case solved, Phil and Jane head to Germany in 1923. Why Germany? It seems someone took a pot shot at a rising politician, Adolf Hitler, when he was in Berlin for a meeting. So Phil and Jane are dispatched by the Pinkerton agency, which was hired by the rising political party, the Nazi Party, to discover who wants their new star leader dead.

Satterthwait once again mixes characters from history with ones of his own and it was again fun for me to try to guess who was real and who was not. Readers have to remember that the mystery is set in the 1920's, well before the later atrocities that we are aware of but not Phil and Jane.

The two Pinkertons travel together to Frankfurt, Berlin, Beyreuth, and Munich chasing leads in their case. When they detour to Beyreuth, the home of the Richard Wagner family, they meet Wagner's aged second wife and widow, the "charming" Cosima, and the rest of the Wagner clan. Besides the Wagners and the Nazis, Satterthwait introduces readers to some everyday people of the times just trying to survive in an ever scary world. As you can imagine, the detectives' interactions with some of the Nazis are not so pleasant, but Jane manages a romance with one while Phil visits the local beer halls with another, both trying to follow the clues.

A cavalcade is defined as a dramatic sequence or procession, or a series, and Phil and Jane survive the cavalcade of characters and events in a most interesting time and place in history. Cavalcade, as were Escapade and Masquerade, is another historical mystery that I could not put down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Period and Settings are Meticulously Researched Aug. 2 2010
By Richard B. Wanderer - Published on Amazon.com
The year is 1923. Losing World War I, Germany is suffering its aftermath. There is massive unemployment, poverty, inflation and general unhappiness. Enter Hitler and his Nazi party who are aiming to take over the country. They claim to have a solution to all the country's problems. While speaking in Berlin, someone takes a shot at Hitler but misses by a few inches. The Nazi party hires two Pinkerton detectives - a rugged American, Phil Beaumont and a very appealing English woman, Jane Turner, to find out who did it. Using a different story telling approach, the author, Walter Satterthwait, has both detectives tell this fast paced and interesting suspense story. It reads like an exciting motion picture. It doesn't take long for the Pinkerton detectives to learn first hand how horrible this Nazi party really is. The readers meet the cavalcade of well known Nazi party members before they come to power. The time period and settings are meticulously researched by its author and it is an exciting read for any season. The novel also brings to mind the consequences of how severe economic downturn can, if allowed, open the door for regimes like a Hitler Germany to ever appear.

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