King Zeno

King Zeno

New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge--and the Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping novel it so deserves. From one of the most inventive writers of his generation, King Zeno is a historical crime novel and a searching inquiry New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a ...

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Title:King Zeno
Author:Nathaniel Rich
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:King Zeno
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:386 pages pages

King Zeno Reviews

  • Greg Zimmerman
    Feb 10, 2018
    4.5. First appeared at http://www.thenewdorkreviewofbooks.co... In 1918 New Orleans, a serial killer gruesomely hacked his victims to death with an axe he often stole from the victims themselves. The so-called Axeman of New Orleans was never apprehended. Meanwhile, construction ...
  • Tad Richards
    Apr 25, 2018
    Ultimately, an engrossing, clever plot, very good mise en scene of New Orleans right after WWI, before Prohibition. But the plot takes a while to get going, and for me, the characters took a long time to coalesce?to make me feel them as real. My main issue with the plot, and I?l...
  • Andy Weston
    Mar 27, 2018
    The premise of the book is certainly an attractive one, a city terrorised by an axe murderer, set against the backdrop of a New Orleans in the midst of the Spanish flu epidemic, with the birth of jazz and the the onset of prohibition just around the corner. Unputdownable you might thin...
  • Janet
    Mar 19, 2018
    This book was a bit confusing and hard to get into at first, but I stuck with it and eventually found it very absorbing. It takes place in 1918 New Orleans, where "jass" (not called jazz yet) is finding its roots, a serial axe killer has not been found, and the canals are being dug. Th...
  • Annie
    Dec 07, 2017
    Nathaniel Rich?s King Zeno is the second novel I?ve read recently that takes on the Axeman Murders of New Orleans?which is fitting since it?s been a century since the still-unsolved murders were committed. (Read my review of The Axeman, by Ray Celestin.) This fictional take on ...
  • Becky Loader
    May 25, 2018
    I am familiar with the actual events the author uses as the center piece of his story about an ax murderer in New Orleans. He manipulates events very well, but quite frankly, there is one too many story lines here. The descriptions of the Black Hand and the corruption in local governme...
  • Brian Blickenstaff
    Mar 19, 2018
    A murder mystery or sorts set in New Orleans at the end of WWI. It follows 3 characters: a jazz prodigy struggling to break out, the matriarch of an Italian crime family, and a war-scared detective. All the characters are rendered really well, and in general I think Rich is a super goo...
  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2018
    Look, I am a little bit obsessed with New Orleans. A lot of kids while I was growing up fell in love with the romanticism of Paris, the big powerful city of New York, or the beachy glamour of Los Angeles, but I have always been fascinated by NOLA. Jazz! Paganism! The French Quarter...
  • Paul
    Apr 22, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I was struck by how strongly this novel resembled the period novels of Dennis LeHane: "The Given Day," "Live By Night," to mention just two. Both authors place their characters in American cities in the early 20th Century, acting out stories in front of a b...
  • Kristine
    Feb 08, 2018
    King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January. Mindful, observant, and wiley storytelling of theft, mugging, and ax murders in a New Orleans of 1918, where the police force is spread too thin, jazz venues abound, there's threat from the Italian mo...
  • Kim McGee
    Oct 28, 2017
    New Orleans 1918 A city of new beginnings now that the war is over and the birth of Jazz has begun to catch on or is it a city sliding back into the swamp facing corruption, racial tension and murder? Jazz is the newest thing to catch fire but few musicians can make a living of it. In...
  • Aaron Mcquiston
    Mar 19, 2018
    "King Zeno" is the story of New Orleans in 1918/19, the story of the starts of jazz in America, the digging of an industrial canal the connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain and splits New Orleans from the Upper 9th Ward to the Lower 9th Ward, and a serial killer, the Axe...
  • Cindy
    Jan 21, 2018
    I?m a fan of New Orleans. There?s good and there?s bad but there?s always the magical, especially about the past. Like the primordial swamp, there are layers upon layers, forests upon forests and people, their lives and loves, upon each other. The author captures the mood of a ...
  • Jarrett
    Feb 05, 2018
    Challenging to get into at the start with lots of unfamiliar names and separate plots. Read the first 50 pages a few times over before getting into the story. However last 2/3 of the book was great with well woven plot that brought together race, jazz, New Orleans, the mafia, and the S...
  • Eric
    Mar 08, 2018
    I pulled this novel off the library shelf because it promised musical history, social history, a mystery and a setting about which I have read very little (both time and place). When I began reading I was not sure I had made a good choice. I had a hard time adjusting to an unfamiliar a...
  • Paul
    May 24, 2018
    Not a great novel, but it gets three stars for having a great setting: New Orleans at the end of World War I. How many people understand what a pivotal year 1919 was? Spanish flu, race riots, the rise of jazz and the emergence of the United States as a global power -- 1968 was a sleepw...
  • Ken
    Nov 12, 2018
    I thought I'd be more easily pulled into this tale set in 1918/'19 New Orleans, but none of the sprawling number of characters fully engaged me in this plot-heavy story. However, I'm glad I read it, given that Rich's literary pot-boiler did provide a pungent take on a fascinating time ...
  • Fran
    Mar 11, 2018
    Isadore Zeno is a cornet player in 1918 New Orleans. He could make his horn "squawk, weep, chatter, groan..." "He could do things with the cornet that nobody else knew to try". Playing jazz would not put food on the table but petty theft might! A string of robberies and murders by "ax"...
  • Michelle
    Apr 02, 2018
    This is the story of three New Orleans characters in 1918-19 New Orleans, struggling with their daily life against the backdrop of a real New Orleans serial killer. One, an Italian mob wife managing a canal construction project, two, a struggling jazz musician who works on the canal, a...
  • Tim
    Apr 07, 2018
    Inconceivably dreadful. Zero 4 Zeno. 0 of 10 stars ...
  • Galen Weitkamp
    Apr 24, 2018
    King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich. Review by Galen Weitkamp. In the early twentieth century, New Orleans was the home of Joe ?King? Oliver, Kid Ory, Louis ?Dippermouth? Armstrong and in Nathaniel Rich?s novel set in 1918, King Zeno, otherwise known as Isadore Zeno. Slim Izz...
  • nikkia neil
    Nov 04, 2017
    Thanks Farrar, Straus and Giroux and netgalley for this ARC. King Zeno is like no other book I've read about New Orleans. Its dirty, gritty, and real. This is not glamorous look at jazz, war, or the cops. ...
  • Matthew
    Mar 11, 2018
    When visiting New Orleans for the first time a number of years ago I was instantly enamored. By its history, its architecture, its culture, and most of all its music. Even in the wake of Katrina the city felt alive at any hour of any day. It pulsated with vibrancy. I couldn?t help bu...
  • Mariann
    Feb 07, 2018
    There is a lot going on in this novel. It's got 2 or 3 interesting storylines and dips into many different aspects of New Orleans history from 100 years ago. I was drawn to the novel because of a recent trip to New Orleans, and loved how it really captured some of the atmosphere of the...
  • Ann
    Mar 06, 2018
    This is a pretty long book -- set in the early 1900's in New Orleans. It opens with newspaper accounts: a fairly brutal murder and a series of 'highwayman' robberies. At 20% it's not gone much beyond that. One policeman was killed by the highwayman, but they arrested the wrong guy. And...
  • Marge Anderson
    Feb 19, 2018
    A fun read, especially if you're a NOLA buff. What do a serial killer, a WWI vet with PTSD, and a coronet genius have in common? How does the digging of the Industrial Canal and the Spanish flu epidemic figure in? Read it and find out. One thing I found troubling is the complete la...
  • JustSomeGuy
    Oct 09, 2018
    I chose this novel wanting to be transported to post-WWI New Orleans, and while we have a real-life ax murderer, a jazz musician, an influenza outbreak, racial tensions and a canal being built, it does take awhile before you feel as if you are in the Crescent City. It doesn't help that...
  • Meike
    Nov 30, 2017
    New Orleans in 1918/1919: Jazz is on the rise, construction for the great industrial canal begins, and the city is terrorized by an ax murderer ? all of these things really happened, and Nathaniel Rich mixes fact with fiction when he interweaves three narrative threads circling aroun...
  • Jan
    Jun 28, 2018
    This was a very interesting book, kind of hard to categorize. Mostly a murder mystery, with New Orleans history involved, and also the birth of jazz and the effects of World War I. There is a lot of violence, but also poetry. The characters were difficult to understand, but had become ...
  • Sam Law
    Jan 28, 2018
    Set in the New Orleans of the early twentieth century (summer 1918 to be precise), it follows the intertwined tales of three fictional characters, as they navigate the brothels of Storyville, bayous, the reek of the slums, concert halls, city jail, and the Mafia, while coping with the ...