Wet Grave (Benjamin January, Book 6)

Wet Grave (Benjamin January, Book 6)

Barbara Hambly


In such attractive novels of crime and personality as Die Upon a Kiss, offered Down the River, and A loose guy of Color, Benjamin January tracked down killers during the sensuous, atmospheric, dangerously appealing international of outdated New Orleans. Now, during this new novel by way of bestselling writer Barbara Hambly, he follows a path of homicide from illicit again alleys to glittering mansions to a depressing position the place the oldest and deadliest secrets and techniques lie buried . . .

Wet Grave

It’s 1835 and the relentless glare of the past due July sunlight has slowed New Orleans to a standstill. whilst Hesione LeGros--once a corsair’s jeweled mistress, now a raddled hag--is stumbled on slashed to loss of life in a shanty at the edge of New Orleans’s so much lawless area, there are few to care. yet one among them is Benjamin January, musician and instructor. He good recollects her blazing ebony attractiveness whilst she seemed, exquisitely gowned and convenient with a stiletto, at a demimonde ceremonial dinner years in the past.

Who would wish to kill this girl now--Hessy, they acknowledged, may flip a trick for a bottle of rum--had a few quarrelsome “customer” made up our minds to put off her? Or might or not it's one of many sexual predators who roamed the darkish and seedy streets? Or--as Benjamin involves suspect--was her killer somebody she knew, an individual whose cautious seek of her shack indicates a cold-blooded crime? a person whose boot left a chillingly exact print . . .

His inquiries at taverns, markets, and slave dances show little approximately “Hellfire Hessy” considering her glory days in Barataria Bay, as soon as the lair of gents pirates. Then the homicide is swept from his brain by means of the supply of a crate choked with contraband rifles--and another telltale boot print left by means of its claimant. whilst a homicide rapidly follows, Ben and Rose Vitrac, the lady he loves, worry the workings of a serpentine brain and a treacherous plot: one merely they could desire to thwart in time.

All too quickly they're fugitives of colour within the stormy bayous and marshes of slave-stealer kingdom, headed for smugglers’ haunts and sinister plantations, the place one fake step will be their final towards a...Wet Grave.

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