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Days of the Deadby Barbara Hambly
Synopses & Reviews
<P>The <I>New York Times</I> hails Barbara Hambly's novels featuring Benjamin January as "masterly," "ravishing," and "haunting." The <I>Chicago Tribune</I> crowns them "dazzling... January is a wonderfully rich and complex character." Now the bestselling author returns with a story that leads January from the dangerously sensual milieu of New Orleans into a world seething with superstition and dark spirits, where one man's freedom turns on a case of murder and blood vengeance.</P><P>Mexico City in the autumn of 1835 is a lawless place, teeming with bandits and beggars. But an urgent letter from a desperate friend draws Benjamin January and his new bride Rose from New Orleans to this newly free province. Here they pray they'll find Hannibal Sefton alive — and not hanging from the end of a rope. Sefton stands accused of murdering the only son of prominent landowner Don Prospero de Castellon. But when Benjamin and Rose arrive at Hacienda MictlÃ?Â¡n, they encounter a murky tangle of family relations, and more than one suspect in young Fernando's murder.</P> <P>While the evidence against Hannibal is damning, Benjamin is certain that his consumptive, peace-loving fellow musician isn't capable of murder. Their only allies are the dead boy's half sister, who happens to be Hannibal's latest inamorata, and the mentally unstable Castellon himself, who awaits Mexico's holy Days of the Dead, when he believes his slain son will himself reveal the identity of his killer. The search for the truth will lead Benjamin and Rose down a path that winds from the mazes of the capital's back streets and barrios to the legendary pyramids of MictlÃ?Â¡n and, finally, to a place where spirits walk and the dead cry out for justice. But before they can lay to rest the ghosts of the past, Benjamin and Rose will have to stop a flesh-and-blood murderer who's determined to escape the day of reckoning and a
"From the high-born Creoles in their river mansions to the uncivilized Americans brawling on the levee, Hambly speaks all their languages, knows all their secrets, and brings them all to life."
The author of "Wet Grave" who "continues to delight readers with her sensuous evocation of New Orleans" provides another sumptuous feast in the series the "New York Times" hails as "a masterly piece of historical storytelling."
In 1838, when a friend is accused of killing the son of a powerful Mexican landowner, Benjamin January and his wife, Rose, head to Mexico City to uncover the truth and find a city torn by political unrest and violence and dark forces that will do anything to hide the facts about the case, in a new historical mystery by the author of A Free Man of Color.
About the Author
Barbara Hambly attended the University of California and spent a year at the University of Bordeaux, France, obtaining a master’s degree in medieval history. She has worked as both a teacher and a technical editor, but her first love has always been history. Barbara Hambly is the author of A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, Graveyard Dust, Wet Grave, Sold Down the River, and Die Upon a Kiss. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is at work on a novel about Mary Todd Lincoln, The Emancipator’s Wife.
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