Benjamin January made his debut in bestselling author Barbara Hambly's A Free Man of Color, a haunting mélange of history and mystery. Now he returns in another novel of greed, madness, and murder amid the dark shadows and dazzling society of old New Orleans, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.
The summer of 1833 has been one of brazen heat and brutal pestilence, as the city is stalked by Bronze John—the popular name for the deadly yellow fever epidemic that tests the healing skills of doctor and voodoo alike. Even as Benjamin January tends the dying at Charity Hospital during the steaming nights, he continues his work as a music teacher during the day.
When he is asked to pass a message from a runaway slave to the servant of one of his students, January finds himself swept into a tempest of lies, greed, and murder that rivals the storms battering New Orleans. And to find the truth he must risk his freedom...and his very life.
One of the fortunate black men to be free in 1830s New Orleans, Benjamin January--a trained surgeon and musician--lives among white men and their black slaves. But when a black woman accused of murdering her white master comes to him for help, January risks his own safety to do all he can for her, doggedly pursuing the truth behind a heavy veil of lies and hate. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- June 1, 1999
- June 1, 1999
- Barbara Hambly