RARA-AVIS: Slavery mysteries

From: capnbob@nventure.com
Date: 23 May 2008

Someone asked about mysteries that took place during slavery, or that involved slavery. The Benjamin January series by Barbara Hambly fit the bill. It takes place in antebellum New Orleans and discusses in great depth (too great for my liking) the layers of society that existed at that time. A FREE MAN OF COLOR is the first in the series. January is a black man who is a physician, but can't practive openly because of oppressive laws. These aren't noir or hardboiled books, but there are occasional scenes that will stir your lunch around.

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