Drinking Gourd by Barbara Hambly
A Benjamin January historical mystery (A Benjamin January Mystery)

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January risks not just his freedom, but his life to find the killer in a world in which white men treat their women little better than their slaves. Hambly (Crimson Angel, 2014, etc.) juxtaposes heroism with hypocrisy and altruism with cruelty in her compelling sixth installment.
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Benjamin January must uncover a killer to protect a secret . . .

Benjamin January is called up to Vicksburg, deep in cotton-plantation country, to help a wounded “conductor” of the Underground Railroad – the secret network of safe-houses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. When the chief “conductor” of the “station” is found murdered, Jubal Cain – the coordinator of the whole Railroad system in Mississippi – is accused of the crime. Since Cain can’t expose the nature of his involvement in the railroad, January has to step in and find the true killer, before their covers are blown.

As January probes into the murky labyrinth of slaves, slave-holders, the fugitives who follow the “drinking gourd” north to freedom and those who help them on their way, he discovers that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, and that sometimes there are no easy answers.
 

About Barbara Hambly

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Barbara Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in many genres, from mysteries to science fiction and fantasy. Married to science fiction writer George Alec Effinger, she lives in Los Angeles and teaches at a local college.
 
Published July 1, 2016 by Severn House Digital. 256 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 13 2016

January risks not just his freedom, but his life to find the killer in a world in which white men treat their women little better than their slaves. Hambly (Crimson Angel, 2014, etc.) juxtaposes heroism with hypocrisy and altruism with cruelty in her compelling sixth installment.

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