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    Ray Celestin(Author)

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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 -

Louis Armstrong is among those trying to track down a serial killer in the New Orleans of 1919 in Celestin's outstanding debut novel.During a stormy summer in 1919 New Orleans, a serial killer is hacking seemingly random victims to death. This thriller, which blends voodoo, gangsters and jazz into an intoxicating mix, is based on a true story.Smart, thrilling and dripping with class. A very special debut.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.Inspired by the serial killer thought to have been responsible for 12 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 19-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.Celestin smartly evokes the atmosphere of 1919 New Orleans, and a city dominated by music and the mob. Gripping.This debut thriller pulses with the beat of New Orleans in 1919 when a real-life killer stalked the Big Easy, and was never caught. Now Celestin creates a thriller that's evocative of a city where voodoo and trad jazz go hand in hand in the back alleys off Basin Street.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.Utterly compelling, soaked in the unique intoxicating atmosphere of the New Orleans of the period. Marvellous, engaging characters and the writing is pretty much pitch perfectDebut novelist Ray Celestin has based his beguiling crime thriller on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War. Beautifully written, the evocative prose brings the jazz-filled, mob-ruled 'Big Easy' of pre-prohibition America to life in glorious effect with a story full of suspense and intrigue. Stunning.Debut novelist Ray Celestin harnesses his trained scriptwriting eye for drama with the fascinating real-life story of the terrifying, Tarot card-touting "Axeman" in this atmospheric, high-tension thriller set in the broiling heat of the Deep South city that became the birthplace of jazz. Blending music, history and crime, Celestin builds a wickedly seductive and gripping tale as three people - one aided and abetted by a young, cornet-playing Louis Armstrong - set out to unmask the serial killer. The "Axeman"'s Jazz was always going to be an ambitious project... delving deep into a true crime, blending a network of real and fictional characters and painting a portrait of an energetic, cosmopolitan city blighted by corruption and racism is a daunting challenge. But Celestin, the new kid on the block, has proved himself more than equal to the task. Using exceptional scene setting, zippy dialogue, a notably gutsy female lead and a mesmerising sense of time and place, he gets to the cruel heart of a savage crime and the musical soul of a sultry city . . . This is a thriller which doesn't just ask whodunit but why do the hunters need to know whodunit, and with the door left ajar for a sequel, we can look forward to more from this intriguing, intrepid author."Ray Celestin skillfully depicts the desperate revels of that idiosyncratic city and its bizarre legends in his first novel, THE AXEMAN." - The New York Times Sunday Book Review (Marilyn Stasio, Crime Columnist) ""Louis Armstrong is among those trying to track down a serial killer in the New Orleans of 1919 in Celestin's outstanding debut novel." -Daily Telegraph"During a stormy summer in 1919 New Orleans, a serial killer is hacking seemingly random victims to death. This thriller, which blends voodoo, gangsters and jazz into an intoxicating mix, is based on a true story." -Sunday Mirror"Smart, thrilling and dripping with class. A very special debut." -Malcolm Mackay, author of The Glasgow Trilogy"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." -The Times"Inspired by the serial killer thought to have been responsible for 12 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 19-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"Celestin smartly evokes the atmosphere of 1919 New Orleans, and a city dominated by music and the mob. Gripping." -Sunday Times"This debut thriller pulses with the beat of New Orleans in 1919 when a real-life killer stalked the Big Easy, and was never caught. Now Celestin creates a thriller that's evocative of a city where voodoo and trad jazz go hand in hand in the back alleys off Basin Street." -Peterborough Telegraph"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"Utterly compelling, soaked in the unique intoxicating atmosphere of the New Orleans of the period. Marvellous, engaging characters and the writing is pretty much pitch perfect" -R. N. Morris"Debut novelist Ray Celestin has based his beguiling crime thriller on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War. Beautifully written, the evocative prose brings the jazz-filled, mob-ruled 'Big Easy' of pre-prohibition America to life in glorious effect with a story full of suspense and intrigue. Stunning." -Sunday Express"Debut novelist Ray Celestin harnesses his trained scriptwriting eye for drama with the fascinating real-life story of the terrifying, Tarot card-touting Axeman in this atmospheric, high-tension thriller set in the broiling heat of the Deep South city that became the birthplace of jazz. Blending music, history and crime, Celestin builds a wickedly seductive and gripping tale as three people - one aided and abetted by a young, cornet-playing Louis Armstrong - set out to unmask the serial killer. The Axeman's Jazz was always going to be an ambitious project... delving deep into a true crime, blending a network of real and fictional characters and painting a portrait of an energetic, cosmopolitan city blighted by corruption and racism is a daunting challenge. But Celestin, the new kid on the block, has proved himself more than equal to the task. Using exceptional scene setting, zippy dialogue, a notably gutsy female lead and a mesmerising sense of time and place, he gets to the cruel heart of a savage crime and the musical soul of a sultry city . . . This is a thriller which doesn't just ask whodunit but why do the hunters need to know whodunit, and with the door left ajar for a sequel, we can look forward to more from this intriguing, intrepid author." -Lancashire Evening Post"Celestin deftly weaves the rich history of New Orleans into the multiple plot lines while highlighting racial prejudice and political corruption that are more appalling than the Axeman's crimes. In sum, this is a tasty bowl of gumbo with a side of dirty rice." -Publishers Weekly "Celestin's atmospheric debut uses this unsolved case as the axis for his engaging historical suspense novel." -Booklist""Ray Celestin skillfully depicts the desperate revels of that idiosyncratic city and its bizarre legends in his first novel, THE AXEMAN." - The New York Times Sunday Book Review (Marilyn Stasio, Crime Columnist) " -The New York Times Sunday Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 13 pages
  • Ray Celestin(Author)
  • Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (22 Jan. 2015)
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  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Cletus on 10 September 2015

    I love books that evoke a different place, as they a like travel from your armchair. I love booked that open your mind to other people and their perspectives on life, especially when they are different from my own experience. I love books with complex characters, who struggle with flaws like I do. I love twists and mystery, and I particularly dislike books that t-up twists and pre-announce plot changes.In this regard, the Axeman's Jazz is nearly five stars for me. The characterisation is excellent, and the range of characters across men and women and across racial differences is excellent. I loved the autobiographical elements of the book around Louis/Lewis Armstrong and I feel the book tackled some difficult issues around race then and now with grace and compassion.The only negative for me was that I felt the plot ran out of steam and little towards the end, and I didn't feel the story hung together as well as it could have done when all said and done.However, the writing quality, to my eyes, is fantastic. The rhythm of the narrative and the sympathy with human nature is very moving. I thoroughly recommend this book.

  • By Chris on 6 August 2017

    A period and place but used in this drama before have a rich tapestry of characters to pull from. And believable ones. The harsh reality of the setting pulled you in and made you trust the key characters.The device of getting one real person totally worked and has had me looking them up for more information.Would definitely read another

  • By Kindle Customer on 18 June 2017

    I would certainly recommend the book, it follows three people who are trying to find the axeman killer.the killer is actually true life serial killer but the author has craft a clever story round it.Interesting characters who draw you into a bygone time.

  • By Katz Coventry on 2 September 2017

    Highly recommend this book. Well written, lots of twist and turns to the plot. Fabulous characters, great the way the different elements of the story comes together.

  • By Guest on 2 March 2017

    A new brilliant writer of historical noir. I loved it. I've read the sequel and I believe he's continuing the series. It's chilling and based on true events. I love his character of a young Louis Armstrong. Welcome to the world of fiction Mr. Celestin!!

  • By lcw on 21 June 2017

    A very good interesting read, I look forward to the next book.


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