"Hambly knows her stuff (voodoo amulets, river soundings, Latin tags, African songs, laudanum derivatives, pre-Civil War tracts) and is one of a handful of historical writers who's mastered the conventions of the classic mystery puzzle."
Free man of color Benjamin January (Days of the Dead
, 2003, etc.) encounters slave traders and abolitionists while trying to save the Bank of Louisiana from going under in 1836.
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