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Publisher Comments:

<p>Nineteenth-century New Orleans is a blazing hotbed of scorching politics and personal vendettas. And it's into this fire that Benjamin January falls when he is hired to follow Oliver Weems, a bank official who has absconded with $100,000 in gold and securities. But it's more than just a job for January. The missing money is vital to the survival of the school for freed slaves that he and his wife Rose have founded.</p> <p>Following the suspected embezzler--and the money--onto the steamboat <i>Silver Moon</i>, January, Rose, and their friend Hannibal Sefton are sworn to secrecy about the crime until they can find the trunks containing the stolen loot. And then the unexpected happens: Weems is found murdered and suddenly the job of finding the pirated stash grows not only more difficult--but more deadly. There is no shortage of suspects--from the sinister slave-dealer to the bullying steamship pilot to the suspiciously innocent "lady" with connections to every river pirate in the riotous port of Natchez-Under-the-Hill--who all seem to have something to hide.</p> <p>Now, with time running out, January seeks clues wherever he can find them--and allies among whoever can help. Working in tandem with a young planter named Jefferson Davies, he must uncover the dark web of corruption, betrayal, and greed that has already cost one man his life&hellip;and, if he can't catch a brutal, remorseless killer, will soon cost January and his friends theirs.</p>

Review:

"Hambly's brilliantly crafted eighth historical (after 2003's Days of the Dead) brings the antebellum South so alive you could swear the author traveled back in time to observe her settings firsthand. One day a week the slaves of New Orleans gather at Circus Square (aka Congo Square): 'Those who had garden plots sold their surplus produce: tomatoes and corn... and peaches whose scent turned the thick hot air around them to molten gold.' Series hero Benjamin January, a former slave, and his gracious wife Rose own a fine home in which they've begun a school to educate young girls of color. But when the president of the bank where all the Januarys' money has been deposited comes to them and confides that a bank employee has cleaned out the coffers, the pair have only one choice: follow the thief and recover the money before a substantial payment is due on their mortgage. Enlisting the aid of their cultured and charming white ne'er-do-well friend, Hannibal Sefton, the two pose as Hannibal's slaves/servants and board a steamboat heading up the Mississippi River. On the boat, they find themselves amid slave runners, abolitionists and a host of interesting, unsavory and downright terrifying individuals. So when their quarry is transformed into a corpse, it's no wonder the trio have no idea who might be trusted. This riveting novel of suspense is sure to win Hambly many new fans. Agent, Fran Collin. (Aug. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In a latest installment of a series set in turbulent nineteenth-century New Orleans, free man of color Benjamin January finds himself on a perilous steamboat ride that becomes an inescapable journey of death and murder. By the author of Days of the Dead. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Nineteenth-century New Orleans is a blazing hotbed of scorching politics and personal vendettas. And it's into this fire that Benjamin January falls when he is hired to follow Oliver Weems, a bank official who has absconded with $100,000 in gold and securities. But it's more than just a job for January. The missing money is vital to the survival of the school for freed slaves that he and his wife Rose have founded.

Following the suspected embezzler--and the money--onto the steamboat Silver Moon, January, Rose, and their friend Hannibal Sefton are sworn to secrecy about the crime until they can find the trunks containing the stolen loot. And then the unexpected happens: Weems is found murdered and suddenly the job of finding the pirated stash grows not only more difficult--but more deadly. There is no shortage of suspects--from the sinister slave-dealer to the bullying steamship pilot to the suspiciously innocent "lady" with connections to every river pirate in the riotous port of Natchez-Under-the-Hill--who all seem to have something to hide.

Now, with time running out, January seeks clues wherever he can find them--and allies among whoever can help. Working in tandem with a young planter named Jefferson Davies, he must uncover the dark web of corruption, betrayal, and greed that has already cost one man his life...and, if he can't catch a brutal, remorseless killer, will soon cost January and his friends theirs.

From the Hardcover edition.

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 frist love has always been history. She is the author of A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, Graveyard Dust, Die Upon A Kiss, Sold Down the River, Wet Grave, and DAYS OF THE DEAD. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is at work on a major novel about Mary Todd Lincoln, THE EMANCIPATOR'S WIFE.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553900590
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Author:
Hambly, Barbara
Author:
Barbara Hambly
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fiction-Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fiction : Suspense
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
January, Benjamin
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Natchez-under-the-Hill
Subject:
Free African Americans
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
New orleans
Subject:
Embezzlement
Subject:
Steamboats
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040801
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
297

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Product details 297 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553900590 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hambly's brilliantly crafted eighth historical (after 2003's Days of the Dead) brings the antebellum South so alive you could swear the author traveled back in time to observe her settings firsthand. One day a week the slaves of New Orleans gather at Circus Square (aka Congo Square): 'Those who had garden plots sold their surplus produce: tomatoes and corn... and peaches whose scent turned the thick hot air around them to molten gold.' Series hero Benjamin January, a former slave, and his gracious wife Rose own a fine home in which they've begun a school to educate young girls of color. But when the president of the bank where all the Januarys' money has been deposited comes to them and confides that a bank employee has cleaned out the coffers, the pair have only one choice: follow the thief and recover the money before a substantial payment is due on their mortgage. Enlisting the aid of their cultured and charming white ne'er-do-well friend, Hannibal Sefton, the two pose as Hannibal's slaves/servants and board a steamboat heading up the Mississippi River. On the boat, they find themselves amid slave runners, abolitionists and a host of interesting, unsavory and downright terrifying individuals. So when their quarry is transformed into a corpse, it's no wonder the trio have no idea who might be trusted. This riveting novel of suspense is sure to win Hambly many new fans. Agent, Fran Collin. (Aug. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In a latest installment of a series set in turbulent nineteenth-century New Orleans, free man of color Benjamin January finds himself on a perilous steamboat ride that becomes an inescapable journey of death and murder. By the author of Days of the Dead. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Nineteenth-century New Orleans is a blazing hotbed of scorching politics and personal vendettas. And it's into this fire that Benjamin January falls when he is hired to follow Oliver Weems, a bank official who has absconded with $100,000 in gold and securities. But it's more than just a job for January. The missing money is vital to the survival of the school for freed slaves that he and his wife Rose have founded.

Following the suspected embezzler--and the money--onto the steamboat Silver Moon, January, Rose, and their friend Hannibal Sefton are sworn to secrecy about the crime until they can find the trunks containing the stolen loot. And then the unexpected happens: Weems is found murdered and suddenly the job of finding the pirated stash grows not only more difficult--but more deadly. There is no shortage of suspects--from the sinister slave-dealer to the bullying steamship pilot to the suspiciously innocent "lady" with connections to every river pirate in the riotous port of Natchez-Under-the-Hill--who all seem to have something to hide.

Now, with time running out, January seeks clues wherever he can find them--and allies among whoever can help. Working in tandem with a young planter named Jefferson Davies, he must uncover the dark web of corruption, betrayal, and greed that has already cost one man his life...and, if he can't catch a brutal, remorseless killer, will soon cost January and his friends theirs.

From the Hardcover edition.

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