The Axeman's Jazz - City Blues Quartet (Paperback)
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The Axeman's Jazz - City Blues Quartet (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages
Published: 05/08/2021
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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.

The Axeman's Jazz is the first book in Ray Celestin's prize-winning City Blues quartet. It is followed by the second installment, Dead Man's Blues.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529065633
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 36 mm

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“A brilliant character driven crime set in the murky New Orleans underworld”

A fantastic summer read - thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. A bonus for jazz fans - Louis Armstrong appears as a amateur teenage sleuth! Brilliant.

“Fantastic read”

I have found it hard to find a really good crime novel, and finally I have found this!
Absolutely riveting and offers a real escape, whilst the crime element isn't trying to be so clever that you have no clue... More

Paperback edition
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“A romp through the bayou”

Based on the real life murders in New Orleans during 1918-1919, The Axeman’s Jazz is a pulpy slice of true crime that rattles along at a brisk pace, neatly filling in the gaps between facts with entertaining and... More

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