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The SECOND BOOK in the Skip Langdon mystery series by EDGAR AWARD-winning author Julie Smith.
“Gritty and Witty … Langdon is a splendid female heroine … The Axeman’s Jazz is a mesmerizing story.” –People
Julie Smith not only firmly establishes her claim to the New Orleans crime scene, but she explores an intriguing new franchise for the serial killer.”
“Marvelous…” –Chicago Tribune
Who is killing the codependents of New Orleans? As well as the sex addicts, alcoholics, overeaters, and anyone else who attends those bastions of anonymity, the 12-Step programs. It’s a perfect set-up for a serial killer. He (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. After that, it’s easy…
…At least for The Axeman. He’s named himself after a historical serial killer. This creep has hubris as well as chutzpah. He just needs to go down.
Leave that part to tall, funny, social-misfit Skip Langdon, now a homicide detective on the Axeman team, a gig that takes her into the 12-Step groups to meet the suspects (giving author Smith a chance for gentle satire). As Skip threads her fascinated way from one self-help group to another, she finds she has more in common with the twelve-steppers than just the murder—her mother, for one thing, whom she encounters at Overeaters Anonymous! And she knows what they do not: that among their anonymous numbers is a murderous, and dangerously attractive psychopath.
“With an acute ear for New Orleans speech and a sharp eye for the city’s social stratification, Smith keeps the reader’s heart palpitating to the end of this mystery of unusual depth.” -Publishers Weekly
“The Axeman’s Jazz is the kind of book that leaves you torn between running out and devouring all the other mysteries in the series, or spacing them out as periodic special treats. Julie Smith garnered great attention, including an Edgar for Best First Mystery, with her initial entry in this series, the 1990 publication of New Orleans Mourning featuring police detective Skip Langdon … in New Orleans, of course. The Axeman’s Jazz is the second of the series and even better than the first.” -BookLoons Reviews
If you like Laura Lippman, Sue Grafton, Linda Barnes, Nevada Barr, and Marcia Muller, Julie Smith’s your new best friend.
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