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Ray Celestin garnered the CWA New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel with this critically acclaimed historical thriller.

New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer—the Axeman—stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him. 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. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rewarding crime novel, swinging its way to a terrifying denouement with all the panache of a New Orleans marching band. This is an excellent debut, with a promise of more good mysteries to come.”

    Times (London)

  • “Celestin smartly evokes the atmosphere of 1919 New Orleans, and a city dominated by music and the mob. Gripping.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Inspired by the serial killer thought to have been responsible for twelve murders in New Orleans between 1918 and 1919, Ray Celestin’s first novel, The Axeman’s Jazz initially stays close to the known facts and includes a letter, published in the newspapers at the time, which was supposedly sent by the original Axeman. The writer, who, like the author of the famous 1888 ‘Jack the Ripper’ letter, gives his address as ‘Hell,’ promises to claim his next victim at a specific date and time but says that he will spare those ‘in whose home a jazz band is in full swing.’ As with the Ripper, the real killer’s identity remains unknown, and Celestin has three characters struggling to work out who he or she might be. Detective lieutenant Michael Talbot heads the official investigation; his former partner, Luca d’Andrea, recently freed from prison for corruption, is tasked by the mafia to discover whodunnit; and ninetten-year-old Sherlock Holmes fan Ida Davis, a secretary for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, decides to branch out on her own…Both a fascinating portrait of a vibrant and volatile city and a riveting read.”

    Guardian

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