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Fever season, Barbara Hambly

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Fever season
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Fever season
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Barbara Hambly
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New York Times Notable Mysteries, 1998
Review
  • If Hambly's latest doesn't catapult her to fame and fortune, it will be a surprise. She is a supremely talented writer with a flair for making history come alive and for crafting inventive plots that are as original as they are riveting. Her new book, set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, is based on the true story of Delphine Lalaurie, whose horrifying mistreatment of her slaves became legendary. Benjamin January, a free person of color trained in medicine by the French, has returned to his native New Orleans to find the city held hostage by a cholera plague. But the nightmare of doctoring the dying cholera victims is nothing compared to the hell in which he soon finds himself embroiled. A confrontation with Madame Lalaurie over a runaway slave girl accused of poisoning her mistress puts him in terrible danger and leads him into a terrifying web of deceit, treachery, and greed that could cost him his reputation--or even his life. Rich, intense, and eye-opening, this riveting "true-crime" story belongs on the best-seller list and in every library. An excellent choice for Anne Perry fans. ((Reviewed May 15, 1998)) -- Emily Melton
  • Rendezvous Review: A sequel to FREE MAN OF COLOR. Cholera races through New Orleans leaving a trail of death and sorrow. Times are so critical even Benjamin January's (A FREE MAN OF COLOR) service is welcomed at Charity Hospital. Ben is conscious he's being followed as he heads for his room behind his mother cottage. To his surprise, his stalker turns out to be a petite little runaway slave named Cora. Cora is trying to get a message to her lover who was sold by their mistress to pay her husband's gambling debts. Moved by pity, Ben promises to help Cora. Lieutenant Shaw is looking for Cora, too. He has a warrant for her arrest. What Ben discovers in his search places his life and freedom in danger. FEVER SEASON has the same power and mystery as FREE MAN OF COLOR. Barbara Hambly shocks the reader as the hero uncovers the heinous crimes perpetrated against persons of color. Fear clutched my heart and tension coursed my spine as I accompanied the protagonist through the deserted streets of New Orleans. All my senses were stimulated. Ms. Hambly's plot is like a spider's web, beautiful and deadly. Mary Thompson
  • Learned black surgeon Benjamin January returns from his debut as protagonist in A Free Man of Color (1997) to utilize his considerable skills in a graphic and compelling story based on events that transpired in 1834. The Paris-trained physician, still grieving for his recently deceased wife, is back in New Orleans after a 16-year absence and his now treating the victims of a raging cholera epidemic. But his position at Charity Hospital is precarious--accepted in his own mixed-race society, he is scorned by most whites. Now, even in the chaotic mayhem of an epidemic, January becomes aware of a disturbing fact: free people of color are disappearing. Are they dying? Are they being abducted to be resold as slaves? Although chronically fatigued from his multiple occupations (he gives piano lessons to eke out his income) and the demands of his eccentric family, he nonetheless manages to begin a discreet investigation that will involve some unique and idiosyncratic individuals including street people, con men and aristocrats. He even forms an unlikely alliance with a coarse, yet astute, white police lieutenant. January's queries are further complicated by the disappearance of his friend Cora, who may be implicated in theft and murder. Complex in plotting, rich in atmosphere and written in powerful, lucid prose, this compelling mystery holds its secrets until a horrifying, compelling finale. (July)
  • Benjamin January, introduced in A Free Man of Color (LJ 6/1/97), returns in the second novel of this historical series set in early 19th-century New Orleans. The city is being ravaged by a violent and deadly disease known as Bronze John. January, a dark-skinned doctor and sometime musician, works day and night to care for the ill and dying while continuing to instruct his music students at their piano lessons. The doctor is unwillingly thrown into a dangerous predicament when a runaway slave asks for his help contacting her lover, a servant in the home of one of his music pupils. While author Hambly, a prolific sf/fantasy writer, renders the time period with careful detail, the story line is confusing and the numerous characters are difficult to follow. Unless the history of Louisiana is of specific interest or the previous novel was particularly popular, most libraries can pass. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/98.]--Beth Gibbs, P.L. of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cty., NC
  • Cholera and worse strike New Orleans in 1833 in this hectic, dankly atmospheric sequel to A Free Man of Color (1997). Benjamin January, the freed slave who practiced surgery for six years in Paris but makes his living back home as a piano player, is already exhausted from tending the sick in Charity Hospital and arguing with the self-regarding white medicos about the efficacy of bleeding the tormented victims of "Bronze Jack" when he's accosted by Cora Chouteau, a manumitted servant who begs him to help her reunite with her new husband Gervase, the houseman who's disappeared into the house of his new masters, Delphine and Dr. Nicolas Lalaurie. Before January can tell Cora that he's arranged a meeting with Gervase, she's disappeared too--pursued by a story that she poisoned her own master and mistress. Emily Redfern recovers sufficiently to accuse Cora of stealing $5,000 and a string of pearls; alleged rapist Otis Redfern is beyond recovery. The town's feelings, easy prey for any rumor that will deflect the citizens from the epidemic that everybody recognizes but the newspapers never mention, swiftly turn against Cora. But January has hardly a moment to spare for her when he's called to Rose Vitrac's ravaged little school, and from there to the side of his ailing, pregnant sister. Two patterns emerge from Hambly's darkly vivid swirl of subplots: Friends of January's family, especially dark-skinned freedmen, are disappearing, perhaps claimed by Bronze Jack, perhaps victims of a more human predator; and the gap between what the citizens know and what they admit, between the secrets they're privy to and the blame they're eager to cast--old Creole families to parvenus, landowners and slaves alike to freedmen--widens alarmingly. The shortcomings of Hambly's mystery plot--the culprits are too obvious and too many--strengthen her sense of a grim, miasmal conspiracy between human monsters and nature gone mad. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1998)
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Hambly, Barbara
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Benjamin January mysteries
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0002
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  • Music teachers
  • Freedmen
  • Cholera
  • Vodou
  • New Orleans (La.)
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Fever season, Barbara Hambly
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24 cm
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xii, 321 pages
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9780553575279
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97049319
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Fever season, Barbara Hambly
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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323883
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24 cm
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xii, 321 pages
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9780553575279
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(pbk)
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97049319
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780553575279
  • (Sirsi) ABQ-7656

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