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Benjamin January made his debut in best-selling author Barbara Hambly’s A Free Man of Color, a haunting mélange of history and mystery. Now he returns in another novel of greed, madness, and murder amid the dark shadows and dazzling society of old New Orleans, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times

The summer of 1833 has been one of brazen heat and brutal pestilence, as the city is stalked by Bronze John - the popular name for the deadly yellow fever epidemic that tests the healing skills of doctor and voodoo alike. Even as Benjamin January tends the dying at Charity Hospital during the steaming nights, he continues his work as a music teacher during the day. 

When he is asked to pass a message from a runaway slave to the servant of one of his students, January finds himself swept into a tempest of lies, greed, and murder that rivals the storms battering New Orleans. And to find the truth he must risk his freedom - and his very life.

©1998 Barbara Hambly (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Great story, wonderful characters, more please.

I love this series and hope that more of the Benjamin January books will come to audible. Ron Butler narrates ok, and I realize Morgan Freeman, Ving Rhames, or Samual L. Jackson as narrator would be cost prohibitive. I can dream... This time and place in history is well told through Barbara Hambly’s characters and story line. Please do more audio books from this series.