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    • Publication Date:
      Essay last updated: 20150929
    • Lexile:
      780
    • Full Text Word Count:
      3272
    • ISSN:
      03630277
    • Accession Number:
      109996222
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOFFERT, B. Fall Best Debuts. Library Journal, [s. l.], v. 140, n. 16, p. 26–29, 2015. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 10 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Hoffert B. Fall Best Debuts. Library Journal. 2015;140(16):26-29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 10, 2019.
    • APA:
      Hoffert, B. (2015). Fall Best Debuts. Library Journal, 140(16), 26–29. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hoffert, Barbara. 2015. “Fall Best Debuts.” Library Journal 140 (16): 26–29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Hoffert, B. (2015) ‘Fall Best Debuts’, Library Journal, 140(16), pp. 26–29. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 10 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hoffert, B 2015, ‘Fall Best Debuts’, Library Journal, vol. 140, no. 16, pp. 26–29, viewed 10 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Hoffert, Barbara. “Fall Best Debuts.” Library Journal, vol. 140, no. 16, Oct. 2015, pp. 26–29. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hoffert, Barbara. “Fall Best Debuts.” Library Journal 140, no. 16 (October 2015): 26–29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hoffert B. Fall Best Debuts. Library Journal [Internet]. 2015 Oct [cited 2019 Dec 10];140(16):26–9. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lfh&AN=109996222&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 September #1

New Orleans police never caught the 1919 serial killer they called the Axeman. Celestin's atmospheric debut uses this unsolved case as the axis for his engaging historical suspense novel. Three very different detectives investigate the murders. African American Ida is one of two employees at the New Orleans Pinkerton National Detective Agency bureau. She's tired of acting as some man's secretary and wants to solve a case of her own. She gets her trumpet-playing friend Lewis (Louis) Armstrong to assist her. Police Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot is breaking in a new partner and keeping his marriage to a black woman a secret. Luca D'Andrea is Talbot's former boss—a cop in cahoots with the country's oldest organized-crime family. The three detectives all circle in on the killer at the same time—without a minute to spare. This has the makings of a solid historical series; a sequel set in Capone-era Chicago will certainly play to Celestin's strength for mixing real life and fiction. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2015 September #2

New Orleans police never caught the 1919 serial killer they called the Axeman. Celestin's atmospheric debut uses this unsolved case as the axis for his engaging historical suspense novel. Three very different detectives investigate the murders. African American Ida is one of two employees at the New Orleans Pinkerton National Detective Agency bureau. She's tired of acting as some man's secretary and wants to solve a case of her own. She gets her trumpet-playing friend Lewis (Louis) Armstrong to assist her. Police Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot is breaking in a new partner and keeping his marriage to a black woman a secret. Luca D'Andrea is Talbot's former boss—a cop in cahoots with the country's oldest organized-crime family. The three detectives all circle in on the killer at the same time—without a minute to spare. This has the makings of a solid historical series; a sequel set in Capone-era Chicago will certainly play to Celestin's strength for mixing real life and fiction. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 September #1

During a rainy stretch in New Orleans right after the end of World War I, a serial killer stalks the city. The killing method is by ax, and the conceit is a tarot card left behind at the crime scene. Michael Talbot, a shunned police detective, gets saddled with the case, while Ida Davis, an ambitious young black girl with a fondness for Sherlock Holmes, pursues the murderer on her own, in hopes of starting her detecting career. The Mafia has its own interest in finding the Axeman, too. Celestin's first novel is immersed in noir atmosphere, and the characters are engaging enough. But the mystery is slow to build, especially with three detectives and three viewpoints, and a teenage Louis Armstrong is only a tagalong to the female PI. It's based on an actual unsolved case that covered 17 months rather than the two months depicted here. The ending comes at the reader from all directions, like a Gulf storm. VERDICT Despite its flaws, this is a must-read for fans and denizens of the Big Easy, and perhaps for those who enjoy true crime from the past retold as fiction. [For a nonfiction account of these events, see Gary Krist's Empire of Sin.—Ed.]—W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ

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PW Reviews 2015 July #4

The eponymous killer of Celestin's strong debut has thrown the people of 1919 New Orleans into a panic as he slaughters one family after another. Three tormented investigators with very different agendas are in pursuit. Det. Lt. Michael Talbot, a white man, heads the official manhunt while hiding his illegal marriage to an African-American woman. Luca D'Andrea, a corrupt white ex-cop just released from prison, has been assigned to the case by the local Mafia boss, who's disturbed that the murders are heightening police alertness. And 19-year-old African-American Ida Davis, assisted by her musician friend known as Lil' Lewis Armstrong, is trying to demonstrate that she can be more than a secretary at the local Pinkerton office. 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. (Sept.)

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