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Interesting story of three very different lives in New Orleans, a musician, a policeman and an oddball heir to a local mafia kingpin. Well written. Not a killer, but the performance fails to capture what people in New Orleans actually sound like, and he manages, like many tourists, to mispronounce the name of a famous street. Shoulda done a little research.
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Nathaniel Rich's novel "King Zeno" is a romp through post-World War I New Orleans: the beginnings of jazz, the building of the Industrial Canal, and the coming of the Spanish Flu. Rich's New Orleans is a world of "towns within towns," with different races and ethnicities bumping into one another intentionally and less so. Rich tells the tale of a young Creole jazz cornetist seeking to make his mark in the world, a detective trying to piece himself together after returning from the Western Front, and a Sicilian matron looking after her shadowy family business, all while a more conventional thriller is developing, as a crazed "Axeman" chops his way across town. The performance, by Holter Graham, is excellent, bordering on a radio play. My only gripe is that the ending is right out of bad mystery movie, with implausible coincidences and one-too-many threads being neatly tied up. Still, very much a good read... or listen.