King Zeno

King Zeno

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From one of the most inventive writers of his generation, King Zeno is a historical crime novel and a searching inquiry into man's dreams of immortality.New Orleans, a century ago: a city determined to reshape its destiny and, with it, the nation's. Downtown, a new American music is born. In Storyville, prostitution is outlawed and the police retake the streets with maximum violence. In the Ninth Ward, laborers break ground on a gigantic canal that will split the city, a work of staggering human ingenuity intended to restore New Orleans's faded mercantile glory. The war is ending and a prosperous new age dawns. But everything is thrown into chaos by a series of murders committed by an ax-wielding maniac with a peculiar taste in music.The ax murders scramble the fates of three people from different corners of town. Detective William Bastrop is an army veteran haunted by an act of wartime cowardice, recklessly bent on redemption. Isadore Zeno is a jazz cornetist with a dangerous side hustle. Beatrice Vizzini is the widow of a crime boss who yearns to take the family business straight. Each nurtures private dreams of worldly glory and eternal life, their ambitions carrying them into dark territories of obsession, paranoia, and madness.In New Orleans, a city built on swamp, nothing stays buried long.
Publisher: New York :, MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374181314
0374181314
Branch Call Number: FIC Rich
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 27, 2018

Excellent plot, that really comes together in the final chapters. If you can handle lots of characters and the occasional ax murder, this is a great read. My favorite novel for 2018 so far.

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