A Novel of Suspense
Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553575286, 432pp.
Publication Date: May 2, 2000
It is St. John's Eve in the summer of 1834 when Benjamin January Creole physician and music teacher is shattered by the news that his sister has been arrested for murder. The Guards have only a shadow of a case against her. But Olympe mystical and rebellious is a woman of color, whose chance for justice is slim.
As Benjamin probes the allegation, he is targeted by a new threat: graveyard dust sprinkled at his door, whispering of a voodoo death curse. Now, to save Olympe's life and his own Benjamin knows he must glean information wherever he can find it. For in the heavy darkness of New Orleans, the truth is what you make it, and justice can disappear with the night's warm breeze as easy as graveyard dust....
"January is without a doubt one of the most distinctive detectives ever put to page."—Times-Picayune, New Orleans
"The creole air is thick with a mix of reality, magic....This book revels in atmosphere."—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Hambly brings to life a culture so different it might be another world....Fascinating."—Denver Post
"January proves [to be] the ideal guide....The keenest observer of the custom of the country."—The New York Times Book Review
"Emotional authenticity...and rich historical trappings give the novel power and depth."—Publishers Weekly