A debut novel published by Mantle, Ray Celestin’s The Axeman’s Jazz, has been optioned for television by independent film production company See-Saw Films.
See-Saw Films, which produced “The King’s Speech” and “Shame”, optioned the rights from Lucinda Prain at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates on behalf of Jane Finigan at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
Inspired by true events, The Axeman’s Jazz tells the story of three individuals set to unmask a dark serial killer who terrorised the residents of New Orleans in 1919. It won the CWA John Creasey Dagger for best first crime novel of 2014 and is currently shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Mantle is publishing Celestin’s second novel, Dead Man’s Blues, in hardback next spring.