Released on 23 April 2015.

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The Axeman's Jazz

3.68 based on 1787 ratings & 223 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Winner

CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger

Synopsis

Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year.

Shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award

As recommended on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin is a gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction.

New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - the Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him:

Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot - Heading up the official investigation, but struggling to find leads, and harbouring a grave secret of his own.

Former detective Luca d'Andrea - now working for the mafia; his need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as that of the authorities.

And Ida - a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, she stumbles across a clue which lures her and her musician friend, Louis Armstrong, to the case - and into terrible danger . . .

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer's identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim.

In the media

A brilliantly evoked roller coaster ride through pre-prohibition New Orleans - a town packed tight with jazz men and voodoo women, corrupt politicians and even more corrupt cops. This is historical fiction as time travel writing and a very difficult book to put down once started.
William Ryan, acclaimed author of the Captain Korolev series
A brilliantly evoked roller coaster ride through pre-prohibition New Orleans - a town packed tight with jazz men and voodoo women, corrupt politicians and even more corrupt cops. This is historical fiction as time travel writing and a very difficult book to put down once started.
William Ryan, acclaimed author of the Captain Korolev series
A brilliantly evoked roller coaster ride through pre-prohibition New Orleans - a town packed tight with jazz men and voodoo women, corrupt politicians and even more corrupt cops. This is historical fiction as time travel writing and a very difficult book to put down once started.
William Ryan, acclaimed author of the Captain Korolev series