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A Free Man of Color - Barbara Hambly
A Free Man of Color
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A lush and haunting novel of a city steeped in decadent pleasures...and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d'Orleans when the evenings... show more
A lush and haunting novel of a city steeped in decadent pleasures...and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d'Orleans when the evenings festivities are interrupted--by murder.Ravishing Angelique Crozat, a notorious octoroon who travels in the city's finest company, has been strangled to death. With the authorities reluctant to become involved, Ben begins his own inquiry, which will take him through the seamy haunts of riverboatmen and into the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves.But soon the eyes of suspicion turn toward Ben—for, black as the slave who fathered him, this free man of color is still the perfect scapegoat....
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780553575262 (0553575260)
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Series: Benjamin January (#1)
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Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
5.0
I discovered this series by accident, picking up somewhere in the middle of it. Luckily, the books are able to stand on their own without starting at the beginning!Anyway, this book introduces Benjamin Janvier, a free man of color in Jacksonian New Orleans. He is a musician by trade, although he stu...
La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
0.0 A Free Man of Color
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By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
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First Benjamin January mystery. It’s moody, atmospheric, somewhat depressing in a certain way. Certainly well written, and I liked it enough to go on to the next. However, the solution to that one was quite upsetting to me, and I’m not sure whether to continue. People who’ve read more of them: is th...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.0 Great Start to Series
Ben January has several problems. The least of which was traveling from Europe back to his home of New Orleans after the death of his wife. He doesn’t get along with his mother. He finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery. He doesn’t make enough money. Oh, and he’s a black man in New Orl...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1)
Well written Detective story from a fantasy master. Annoyingly it is described by some reviewers as her ‘debut’ novel, but sometimes people don’t notice little things like the author writing for about 10 years or so. New Orleans is the locations and the setting is well depicted. Pre civil war, New O...
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