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The Axeman's Jazz

(2014)
(The Axeman)
(The first book in the City Blues Quartet series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Smart, thrilling and dripping with class. A very special debut." - Malcolm Mackay

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


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Used availability for Ray Celestin's The Axeman's Jazz

Hardback Editions

May 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz (City Blues Quartet)
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-4472-5886-X / 978-1-4472-5886-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-5290-6563-1 / 978-1-5290-6563-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Axeman
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-4926-0916-1 / 978-1-4926-0916-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz (City Blues Quartet)
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-4472-5888-6 / 978-1-4472-5888-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-4472-5889-4 / 978-1-4472-5889-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Axeman
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Axeman
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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January 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz (City Blues Quartet 1)
Author(s): Ray Celestin
ISBN: 1-4712-8564-2 / 978-1-4712-8564-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Axeman: A New Orleans Thriller Based on a True Story
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Availability: Amazon   


May 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz (City Blues Quartet Book 1)
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2014 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Axeman's Jazz
Author(s): Ray Celestin
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon AU