Once Hesione LeGros was a high-flyer, a corsair’s beautiful mistress. But that was twenty years ago, during the heyday of such buccaneers as Jean Lafitte. Now Hesione is only a corpse – and no one cares about the murder of a poor old woman of color in the New Orleans slums. No one except Benjamin January, who is drawn by Hesione’s death into a web of intrigue and murder that entangles rich and poor, black and white; a mystery that takes all of January’s resources of mind and spirit to solve.
This series, set in 1830s New Orleans, and starring free man of color Benjamin January, continues to offer a fascinating look at an exotic society. Hambly weaves a masterful tapestry of character, plot, and setting, producing one of the best of the many historical mystery series currently stocking the bookstore shelves.