To date, I don't think I've read a book set in or written by an author living in New Orleans that I didn't love. I like how each of the authors speak of NOLA in their own way, thereby creating a new version of the city for people to enjoy. The Axeboy's Blues by Andy Reynolds is on that list.
Imagine if you will (yes, I was channeling the Twilight Zone) New Orleans on many levels - living, dead, and between. Now, imagine different time periods of New Orleans all going on at the same time. Now . . . imagine a group of people who know about the myriad of New Orleans-es and are determined to keep the city safe and protected. Welcome to the Agents Of.
Thanks to a most original bank robbery, pastry chef Edith Downs and her tattooed friend Mars are selected to become the newest members of The Agents Of, as approved by a man/god/shapeshifter and a half human who is very much an enigma. They are given the "simple" task of tracking down one Axeboy, son of the Angel of Death and The Axeman (current resident of Oblivion), and stopping his reign of terror involving trumpet players. Sounds simple, right? Nope! I forgot to mention people who can speak to and wind up cicadas, eating pieces of fruit that literally make you Wonder, drinking beer in ghost bars, meeting up with Agents from the 30s, and so on. In short, The Axeboy's Blues is one hell of a ride - if you think you know New Orleans, then you need to read Andy's version. His book will make you wish his version was real (and it probably is, because it's New Orleans and nothing down there surprises me but I digress).
I had the pleasure of meeting Andy the past weekend while down for Contraflow (much love!) and he was a delight to talk with. I will freely admit that I got nervous in meeting him but I'm glad we swapped books! If you live in NOLA, you can purchase the book at Tubby and Coo's MidCity Bookshop, or you can see Andy at Cafe EnVie on Decatur (he told me that he always has copies of his books with him!)
Solid characters, kick ass women who enjoy the fact that they are different, the battle between Time periods, true magick, many laughs, and an overall amazing story that kept me intrigued until the very end - The Axeboy's Blues is a must read!