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A Free Man of Color
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 str...
Days of the Dead
Bantam, Jul 2003, 23.95, 306 pp. ISBN: 0553109545 In 1835, free man of color Benjamin January accompanied by his wife Rose leave New Orleans for Mexico City to provide mental support to his friend opium user, classics user Hannibal Sefton, being hanged for murder. Sefton was one of twenty-four guests attending a dinner provided by Don Prospero de Castellon. However, he is the chosen one accused of poisoning the host's son, the loathed Fernando....
Dead Water
Bantam, Aug 2004, ISBN: 0553109642 In 1836 Bank of Louisiana President Hubert Granville wearily and depressingly informs his friend free man of color Benjamin January that his four thousand dollars is gone and the bankrupt firm can only make good with three hundred dollars. Hubert believes that bank manager Oliver Weems stole the specie and note reserves. Ben learns that the crooked Oliver is leaving town on the steamboat Silver Moon. He and...
Die Upon A Kiss
Barbara Hambley Bantam, Jun 2001, 23.95, 336 pp. ISBN: 0553109243 Two and a half years ago Benjamin January returned to New Orleans following the death of his beloved wife. Benjamin still finds it difficult to deal with the fact that as a freeman of color the city hierarchy treats him as a second class citizen. Paris taught him the meaning of freedom and watching the slave trade and the other inequities angers Benjamin, but France also conta...

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Ishmael
When Commander Spock suspects that the Klingons are "up to something," he engages in a bit of espionage to find out what they are planning. He manages to send two very cryptic transmissions back to the Enterprise before he is captured, and the Klingon ship travels through a strange phenomenon in that region of space, and vanishes. Spock is found unconscious by Aaron Stemple, a wealthy but hard-edged miller living in Seattle, Washington. The year is 18...
Sisters of the Raven
Warner Aspect, Aug 2002, 13.95, 368 pp. ISBN: 0446677043 In the Yellow City, women are second class citizens since only men can perform magic. However, rumors abound that the Mages no longer can do what has traditionally been their gift as evident by calamities such as the drought that wrecks Yellow City as magic fails to alleviate the problem. The empire is in trouble with collapse seemingly imminent. Shockingly, as the males lose the abili...
Star Wars: Children of the Jedi
Leia and her family investigate the world where children of the Jedi hid from the emperor. Luke at the same time discovers a ship that is on its way to destroy that world. ...
The Silent Tower
A computer programmer in 20th century Los Angeles finds out that a sinister mage from another world is crossing into our reality to obtain items needed to make himself immortal. She crosses into his world, finds out that he is draining the life from that world and falls in love with his former student, now imprisoned. She teams up with other people in this world and hatches a plot to rescue her lover, defeat the evil wizard and restore the world....
Those Who Hunt The Night
Vampires in London are being murdered by someone or something during the day. They had to turn to a human for help, Professor James Asher. Simon Ysidro, oldest of the vampires had to tell James most of the vampire secrets to aid him in his search. ...
Wet Grave
Bantam, Jun 2002, 23.95, 304 pp. ISBN: 0553109359 In 1835 New Orleans, Olympia Snakebones sends for her brother Benjamin January to come to the poorer side of town because someone killed a free colored lady, Hesione LeGros. The victim was stabbed to death with the culprit obviously searching her shack for something, but it was not for financial reasons. The killer never robbed Hesione or took the money in her possession. The city guards fail ...


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