The Axeman by Ray Celestin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review: Axeman by Ray Celestin
First published as THE AXEMAN' S JAZZ, this novel is not a true crime account, but a fictionalization of New Orleans in 1918-1919, a period rife with not only corruption and bigotry, but with widespread panic at a serial killer. Similar to Whitechapel' s Jack the Ripper, New Orleans' Axeman struck seemingly invisibly, and taunted authorities with a far-fetched, almost mythological, missive to the local newspaper, the Times-Picayune. Never identified, the Axeman reached the level of urban legend. Author Ray Celestin steeps readers deeply into a long-lost historical era.
This novel debuted in 2014 as THE AXEMAN' S JAZZ.
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