The "New York Times hails Barbara Hambly's novels featuring
Benjamin January as "masterly," "ravishing," and "haunting." The
"Chicago Tribune crowns them "dazzling...January is a wonderfully
rich and complex character." Now the bestselling author returns
with a story that leads January from the dangerously sensual milieu
of New Orleans into a world seething with superstition and dark
spirits, where one man's freedom turns on a case of murder and
Days of the Dead
Mexico City in the autumn of 1835 is a lawless place, teeming with
bandits and beggars. But an urgent letter from a desperate friend
draws Benjamin January and his new bride Rose from New Orleans to
this newly free province. Here they pray they'll find Hannibal
Sefton alive--and not hanging from the end of a rope.Sefton stands
accused of murdering the only son of prominent landowner Don
Prospero de Castellon. But when Benjamin and Rose arrive at
Hacienda Mictlan, they encounter a murky tangle of family
relations, and more than one suspect in young Fernando's murder.
While the evidence against Hannibal is damning, Benjamin is certain
that his consumptive, peace-loving fellow musician isn't capable of
murder. Their only allies are the dead boy's half sister, who
happens to be Hannibal's latest inamorata, and the mentally
unstable Castellon himself, who awaits Mexico's holy Days of the
Dead, when he believes his slain son will himself reveal the
identity of his killer.The search for the truth will lead Benjamin
and Rose down a path that winds from the mazes of the capital's
back streets and barrios to the legendary pyramids of Mictlan and,
finally, to a place where spirits walk and the dead cry out
forjustice. But before they can lay to rest the ghosts of the past,
Benjamin and Rose will have to stop a flesh-and-blood murderer
who's determined to escape the day of reckoning and add Benjamin
and Rose to the swelling ranks of the dead.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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