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Title:
Crimson angel
Author(s):
Hambly, Barbara,
ISBN/ISSN:
0727884271
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Physical Description:
247 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
A Benjamin January novel

Benjamin January series.
Abstract:
When Jefferson Vitrack - the white half-brother of Benjamin January's wife - turns up on January's doorstep in the summer of 1838 claiming he has discovered a clue to the whereabouts of the family's lost treasure, January has no hesitation about refusing to help look for it. For the treasure lies in Haiti, the island that was once France's most profitable colony - until the blood-chilling repression practiced there by the whites upon their slaves triggered a savage rebellion. The world's only Black Republic still looks with murderous mistrust upon any strangers who might set foot there, and January is in no hurry to go.But when Vitrack is murdered, and attempts are made on January's wife and himself, he understands that he has no choice. He must seek the treasure himself, to draw the unknown killers into the open, a bloody trail that leads first to Cuba, then to Haiti, and finally to the secret that lies buried with the accursed gold.
Pub Date:
Severn House, 2014.
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Summary

Summary

Benjamin January is forced to travel to Haiti to seek his family's lost treasure, in order to save everything he holds dear

When Jefferson Vitrack - the white half-brother of Benjamin January's wife - turns up on January's doorstep in the summer of 1838 claiming he has discovered a clue to the whereabouts of the family's lost treasure, January has no hesitation about refusing to help look for it. For the treasure lies in Haiti, the island that was once France's most profitable colony - until the blood-chilling repression practiced there by the whites upon their slaves triggered a savage rebellion. The world's only Black Republic still looks with murderous mistrust upon any strangers who might set foot there, and January is in no hurry to go.

But when Vitrack is murdered, and attempts are made on January's wife and himself, he understands that he has no choice. He must seek the treasure himself, to draw the unknown killers into the open, a bloody trail that leads first to Cuba, then to Haiti, and finally to the secret that lies buried with the accursed gold.


Author Notes

Barbara Hambly lives in Los Angeles, where she is at work on the sixth Benjamin January novel, "Wet Grave", which Bantam will publish in 2002. Her second Benjamin January novel, "Fever Season", was named a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.

(Publisher Provided) Barbara Hambly was born in San Diego, California on August 28, 1951. She received a master's degree in medieval history from the University of California at Riverside in 1975. She has worked as a high-school teacher, a model, a waitress, a technical editor, and a karate instructor. At one time, she also wrote scripts for cartoons like Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and He-Man.

She writes many different types of books including fantasy, romance, and mystery. Her works include the Darwath Trilogy, the Benjamin January Mysteries series, Those Who Hunt the Night, The Emancipator's Wife, Someone Else's Shadow, and Patriot Ladies. She has also written for the Star Trek universe, the Star Wars universe, and the Beauty and the Beast television program. She is a Locus award winner.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

It's 1838. Benjamin January, the former slave who works as a piano player when he's not solving mysteries, isn't entirely thrilled to learn that his wife's half-brother says he knows where the lost family fortune is located. Why isn't he thrilled? Because the treasure is supposedly located in Haiti, and Benjamin has no desire to head off on such a dangerous wild-goose chase. But, as it turns out, he's not the only one with an interest in the treasure if, in fact, it exists at all. The Benjamin January series combines well-plotted mysteries with rich period atmosphere and beautifully written characters; this one is perhaps more atmospheric than some others in the series, due to its setting and its especially dark dangers (voodoo, which also featured in an earlier novel in the series, being merely one of them). Series fans should particularly enjoy this one.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the summer of 1838, Hambly's scalding 13th Benjamin January novel (after 2013's Good Man Friday) takes the freed slave and Paris-trained surgeon to Cuba and Haiti, along with his beloved wife, Rose, and his white fiddler friend, Hannibal Sefton. The trip is prompted by Rose's white half-brother, Jefferson Vitrack, who appears at their New Orleans home with a mysterious tale of buried family treasure. At first, January refuses to consider pursuing the treasure, which could fund the return of thousands of slaves to Africa. But after Vitrack is murdered and Rose is attacked, January realizes that he must unravel the secret behind his brother-in-law's story. Members of January's extended family were employed by the Caribbean sugar industry, which worked thousands of malnourished black slaves to death in an average of three years each. Hambly reveals the horrors of this grim chapter of history through understated glimpses into the mind of her hero, whose silent comment on the ferocious slave uprising that established Haiti as a black republic in 1804 sums up his attitude toward the white oppressors: "They had it coming." Agent: Frances Collin, Frances Collin Literary Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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