Ran Away

Ran Away

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by Barbara Hambly
     
 

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A Benjamin January mystery - RAN AWAY. So began a score of advertisements every week in the New Orleans newspapers, advertising for slaves who'd fled their masters. But the Turk, Huseyin Pasha, posted no such advertisement when his two lovely concubines disappeared. And when a witness proclaimed he'd seen the 'devilish infidel' hurl their dead bodies out of a window,…  See more details below

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A Benjamin January mystery - RAN AWAY. So began a score of advertisements every week in the New Orleans newspapers, advertising for slaves who'd fled their masters. But the Turk, Huseyin Pasha, posted no such advertisement when his two lovely concubines disappeared. And when a witness proclaimed he'd seen the 'devilish infidel' hurl their dead bodies out of a window, everyone was willing to believe him the murderer. Only Benjamin January, who knows the Turk of old, is willing to seek for the true culprit, endangering his own life in the process . . .

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Publishers Weekly
At the outset of Hambly’s stellar 11th whodunit set in antebellum New Orleans (after 2011’s The Shirt on His Back), a witness declares he saw a wealthy “infidel” Turk hurl two dead concubines from his attic window, but free black Benjamin January knew that Turk, Hüseyin Pasha, 10 years earlier in Paris, where January lived with his adored first wife, Ayasha, for a compassionate human being incapable of such a murder. In financially strapped New Orleans of 1837, unscrupulous Americans who prevent their slaves from learning to read and hypocritical religious charlatans prey on the defenseless, while January risks his own life and his family’s in defending the Turk and his household and providing a station for escaping slaves on the underground railway. Hambly matches her moving portrayals of society’s underdogs with thrilling escapes, bittersweet insights into love and loss, and vignettes of New Orleans’ voodoo priestesses. Agent: Frances Collin Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Travel further into freed slave Benjamin January's (The Shirt on His Back) past as he recalls 1827 Paris. His memories are critical to saving the life and reputation of an old Turkish ally a decade later in New Orleans. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Kirkus Reviews
Concubines, slaves and first-wife blues upset free man of color Benjamin January. During the years he fled New Orleans to escape its racism, Ben settled in Paris, where he eked out a living as a musician while studying medicine. He met, fell in love with and married Ayasha, who asked him to help out Shamira, a sick, pregnant concubine in the household of Hüseyin Pasha, a wealthy Turk. Shamira ran away, and January and Ayasha became involved in her plight, which centered on the enmity between Pasha and Sabid, a former favorite of the Sultan, now a disgraced man. When Ayasha was abducted and Shamira's fate necessitated exchanging her infant son for her freedom, Ben came to believe Pasha honorable and trustworthy. That's why five years on, back home in New Orleans after Ayasha's death from cholera, Ben disputes the findings that declare that Pasha, now underwriting failing banks in Louisiana, tossed two of his concubines, Noura and Karida, from a window in his house. With an assist from his current wife Rose and his friend, ex-opium addict Hannibal, Ben steps in to prove Pasha innocent of murder. He'll have to deal with another opium addict, a Mr. Smith whom no one but Pasha seems to have met, a sighting of Pasha's old enemy Sabid, as well as two battling Reverends and slaves transported on the underground railway before matters are resolved. More complicated than most January tales (The Shirt on His Back, 2011, etc.). More poignant, too, with memories of Ayasha tormenting January.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780101460
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Series:
A Benjamin January Mystery , #11
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
451,977
File size:
471 KB

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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.

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Ran Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ann_Hayes More than 1 year ago
Interesting to see how free blacks (and Turks) fare in 1827 Paris and in 1837 New Orleans. Wonderful to learn more about Ben January's life in Paris with his first wife Ayasha!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was bitter-sweet to finally meet January's first wife Ayasha. I liked the split viewpoint, and I appreciated January's internal conflict in loving both Ayasha and Rose. I also liked the mystery, although it almost took a back seat to the love stories.
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Go to night result two. Froststorm is there.