By Barbara Hambly
The New York Times hails Barbara Hambly's novels that includes Benjamin January as "masterly," "ravishing," and "haunting." The Chicago Tribune crowns them "dazzling...January is a superbly wealthy and intricate character." Now the bestselling writer returns with a narrative that leads January from the dangerously sensual milieu of recent Orleans right into a global seething with superstition and darkish spirits, the place one man's freedom activates a case of homicide and blood vengeance.
Days of the Dead
Mexico urban within the autumn of 1835 is a lawless position, teeming with bandits and beggars. yet an pressing letter from a determined buddy attracts Benjamin January and his new bride Rose from New Orleans to this newly unfastened province. the following they pray they'll locate Hannibal Sefton alive--and now not placing from the tip of a rope.Sefton stands accused of murdering the single son of well known landowner Don Prospero de Castellon. but if Benjamin and Rose arrive at Hacienda Mictlán, they stumble upon a murky tangle of family members family members, and a couple of suspect in younger Fernando's homicide.
While the proof opposed to Hannibal is damning, Benjamin is bound that his consumptive, peace-loving fellow musician isn't able to homicide. Their in simple terms allies are the useless boy's part sister, who occurs to be Hannibal's most recent inamorata, and the mentally volatile Castellon himself, who awaits Mexico's holy Days of the useless, whilst he believes his slain son will himself demonstrate the id of his killer.The look for the reality will lead Benjamin and Rose down a direction that winds from the mazes of the capital's again streets and barrios to the mythical pyramids of Mictlán and, ultimately, to a spot the place spirits stroll and the lifeless cry out for justice. yet ahead of they could lay to leisure the ghosts of the previous, Benjamin and Rose should cease a flesh-and-blood assassin who's decided to flee the day of reckoning and upload Benjamin and Rose to the swelling ranks of the dead.
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