Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Man with an Axe

A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Mystery

by Jon A. Jackson

“Addictive.” –Chicago Tribune

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 240
  • Publication Date March 23, 1999
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3603-9
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

Jon A. Jackson’s novels about Detroit Detective Sergeant “Fang” Mulheisen have caused The New York Times to exclaim, “How long can Jon A. Jackson remain the best-kept secret of hard-boiled crime fiction connoisseurs? . . . Jackson always gets it right.” In Man with an Axe, Jackson returns to Mulheisen’s hardboiled and eccentric mentor, star of Jackson‘s acclaimed cult hit Grootka. Mulheisen in settling in for a period of repose, when suddenly he begins receiving bizarre E-mail cartoons depicting a murder–and an alluring young historian turns up wanting to know all about the long-dead Grootka. As Mulheisen begins uncovering the notebook diaries Grootka left behind, it becomes clear that these two events are somehow linked to the fate of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa–and that a young saxophonist, who disappeared without a trace the same weekend as Hoffa, may hold the key.


“Addictive.” –Chicago Tribune

“Jackson writes with the same quirky appetite of his hero and the patience of a virtuoso jazzman. He plays the head, sets the novel up in good Elmore Leonard style and then takes his time, playing a chorus, visiting keys you might not think have anything to do with the plot. . . . And then, pow–he clamps down on his hard-bitten mouthpiece–the man wails on his axe and blows the heat away!” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Jackson is becoming the most plausible candidate to inherit the mantle of the great Charles Willeford.” –Associated Press

“Anyone who sits on the hard-boiled side of the aisle and hasn’t yet met Fang Mulheisen is in for a rare treat.” –Booklist


A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year