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Ran Away (Benjamin January)by Barbara Hambly
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A Benjamin January Mystery
RAN AWAY. So began a score of advertisements every week in the New Orleans newspapers, advertising for slaves who'd fled their masters. But the Turk, Hüseyin Pasha, posted no such advertisement when his two lovely concubines disappeared. And when a witness proclaimed he'd seen the "devilish infidel" hurl their dead bodies out of a window, everyone was willing to believe him the murderer. Only Benjamin January, who knows the Turk of old, is willing to seek for the true culprit, endangering his own life in the process . . .
"At the outset of Hambly's stellar 11th whodunit set in antebellum New Orleans (after 2011's The Shirt on His Back), a witness declares he saw a wealthy 'infidel' Turk hurl two dead concubines from his attic window, but free black Benjamin January knew that Turk, HÃ¼seyin Pasha, 10 years earlier in Paris, where January lived with his adored first wife, Ayasha, for a compassionate human being incapable of such a murder. In financially strapped New Orleans of 1837, unscrupulous Americans who prevent their slaves from learning to read and hypocritical religious charlatans prey on the defenseless, while January risks his own life and his family's in defending the Turk and his household and providing a station for escaping slaves on the underground railway. Hambly matches her moving portrayals of society's underdogs with thrilling escapes, bittersweet insights into love and loss, and vignettes of New Orleans' voodoo priestesses. Agent: Frances Collin Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
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