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A Free Man of Color Book Review Summary

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When beautiful and ruthless octoroon Angelique Crozat is found strangled to death in the midst of an opulent Mardi Gras costume ball, authorities' reluctance to become involved spurs Benjamin January to take on the investigation. January, a physician and music teacher (and the son of a slave), soon finds himself embroiled in a quest that takes him from the mansions of rich white planters to the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves, and through the dark streets of 1833 New Orleans. However, when the dark-skinned January becomes the convenient prime suspect in Angelique's murder, he must act quickly to stop the real killer from going free - and ensure his own freedom and safety.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   19th century Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   wealthy    -   New Orleans Misc setting    -   prison    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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