Penetrating the murkiest corners of glittering New Orleans society, Benjamin January brought murderers to justice in A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, and Graveyard Dust. Now, in Barbara Hambly's haunting new novel, he risks his life in a violent plantation world darker than anything in the city....
When slave owner Simon Fourchet asks Benjamin January to investigate sabotage, arson, and murder on his plantation, January is reluctant to do any favors for the savage man who owned him until he was seven. But he knows too well that plantation justice means that if the true culprit is not found, every slave on Mon Triomphe will suffer.
Abandoning his Parisian French for the African patois of a field hand, cutting cane until his bones ache and his musician's hands bleed, Benjamin must use all his intelligence and cunning to find the killer ... or find himself sold down the river.
About the Author
Barbara Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in many genres, from mysteries to science fiction and fantasy. Married to science fiction writer George Alec Effinger, she lives in Los Angeles and teaches at a local college.
"A masterly piece of historical storytelling."— The New York Times Book Review
"Searing."— Kirkus Reviews
"The novel's plot is filled with brilliant twists and Hambly writes with inspired magic."— News & Record, Greensboro, NC
"The darkest time in American history comes alive in Hambly's unforgettable series.... [A] fiercely burning picture of the horrors of slavery ... astonishing."— Publishers Weekly
Don't miss the other books in Barbara Hambly's "remarkable"(The New York Times Book Review) series featuring Benjamin January:
A Free Man of Color
Now available from Bantam Books
And coming soon in hardcover:
Die Upon a Kiss