Ray Celestin

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Ray Celestin is novelist and screenwriter based in London. His debut novel, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ (2014), won the CWA New Blood Award for best debut crime novel of the year, and was featured on numerous ‘Books of the Year’ lists. His follow-up, ‘Dead Man’s Blues’ (2016), won the Historia Historical Thriller of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. The novels are part of a series – ‘The City Blues Quartet’ – which charts the twin histories of jazz and the mob through the middle 50 years of the twentieth century. The third instalment, ‘The Mobster’s Lament’, is set to be published in Spring 2019. More information on his books is available on his website.

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The Axeman's Jazz

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Dead Man's Blues

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Dead Man's Blues: A Novel

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“and it was this that made her frown, that the only time a Negro was allowed to be treated with grandeur was when he or she wasn't even alive to appreciate it.”
Ray Celestin, The Axeman's Jazz

“that the best solutions to any mystery were the simplest ones, because simplicity was the source of nature's elegance, and mysteries were nothing more than nature unilluminated.”
Ray Celestin, The Axeman's Jazz

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