A Free Man of Color

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 5, 2011 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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 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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Wonderful writer, enchanting story. - Goodreads
Good character and plot driven combination. - Goodreads
Barbra Hambly is a very good writer. - Goodreads
Rich in history, and includes plenty of plot twists. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marlene Banks - Goodreads

I really liked this story and consider the series an unsung jewel in the mystery/suspense genre. Barbra Hambly is a very good writer. She captures the age and place with literary skill. Her New ... Read full review

Review: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January #1)

User Review  - Tanya Faberson - Goodreads

So many great reviews, and I expected to love it, but I ended up thinking it was so-so by the end. The writing was fine and well organized, but I just couldn't get into the story like many other folks. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Barbara Hambly is the author of The Emancipator’s Wife, a finalist for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. She is also the author of Fever Season, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and seven acclaimed historical novels.

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