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Good Man Friday (Benjamin January)by Barbara Hambly
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New Orleans, 1838. When Benjamin January suddenly finds that his services playing piano at extravagant balls held by the city's wealthy are no longer required, he ends up agreeing to accompany sugar planter Henri Viellard and his young wife, Chloë, on a mission to Washington to find a missing friend. Plunged into a murky world, it soon becomes clear that while it is very possible the Viellards' friend is dead, his enemies are very much alive - and ready to kill anyone who gets in their way.
"Historical horrors abound in Hambly's excellent 12th Benjamin January novel (after 2011's Ran Away). By showing compassion for a dying fighting slave, January — a free black man and surgeon — turned — piano player in antebellum New Orleans — loses his musician job. To support his family, he agrees to help wealthy planter Henri Viellard (whose mistress is January's sister Minou) locate a missing friend — elderly English mathematician Selwyn Singletary. Along with Veillard, Minou, and Viellard's chilly wife, Chloe, he travels to a decadent Washington, D.C., inhabited by slave stealers, grave robbers, spies, and venal legislators. Hambly's brilliantly conceived cast includes a young Edgar Allan Poe, a sinister British spymaster, a New England abolitionist promoting an early form of baseball, and a courageous and loyal slave named Ganymede Tyler, the eponymous 'Man Friday.' Hambly brings back to life a world where Congressmen obliviously pass chained men without a glance, forcing her readers to wonder painfully with January, 'Jesus, where are you now?' Agent: Frances Collin Literary Agency. (June)" 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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