The Sound of Building Coffins

By Louis Maistros
(Toby Press, Hardcover, 9781592642557, 358pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2009 Indie Next List
“One of the best New Orleans novels I've ever read, Louis Maistros' debut seems dictated in a fever dream of automatic writing. Beginning in 1891, the confrontation between nine-year-old Typhus Morningstar and an evil spirit who has taken possession of a baby will take readers into an underworld journey as a decades-old voodoo curse is unleashed.”
-- Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

Meticulously drawn in lyrical prose, this tale of death and rebirth, devastation and redemption, will draw you into a world of beauty and pain, as alluring as it is dangerous. It is 1891 in New Orleans, and young Typhus Morningstar cycles under the light of the half-moon to fulfill his calling, rebirthing aborted fetuses in the fecund waters of the Mississippi River. He cannot know that nearby, events are unfolding that will change his life forever - events that were set in motion by a Voodoo curse gone awry 40 years before he was born. All will be irrevocably changed by a demonic struggle, and by the sound of a new musical form: jazz.

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From Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore, Maryland

To risk stating the obvious, the Big Easy has a long and complicated relationship with water, both its redemptive and destructive qualities. The two go hand-in-hand, to judge from reading the gritty and sometimes surreal second novel from Louis Maistros.

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