By Barbara Hambly
New Orleans 1833 Mardi Gras. whereas Creole Ben January performs piano, Angelique Crozat, coloured mistress useless for whiteness, is fatally strangled. experts are reluctant to inquire. Whites, even policeman Abishag Shaw, blame Ben, fathered via black. Ben seeks killer from seamy haunts of riverboaters into huts of voodoo-worshiping slaves.
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A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1) by Barbara Hambly