By Barbara Hambly
Nineteenth-century New Orleans is a blazing hotbed of sizzling politics and private vendettas. And it's into this fireplace that Benjamin January falls while he's employed to keep on with Oliver Weems, a financial institution professional who has absconded with $100,000 in gold and securities. yet it's greater than only a task for January. The lacking funds is essential to the survival of the college for freed slaves that he and his spouse Rose have based.
Following the suspected embezzler—and the money—onto the steamboat Silver Moon, January, Rose, and their good friend Hannibal Sefton are sworn to secrecy in regards to the crime until eventually they could locate the trunks containing the stolen loot. after which the unforeseen occurs: Weems is located murdered and by surprise the task of discovering the pirated stash grows not just extra difficult—but extra lethal. there isn't any scarcity of suspects—from the sinister slave-dealer to the bullying steamship pilot to the suspiciously blameless "lady" with connections to each river pirate within the riotous port of Natchez-Under-the-Hil—who all appear to have anything to conceal.
Now, with time working out, January seeks clues anyplace he can locate them--and allies between whoever might help. operating in tandem with a tender planter named Jefferson Davies, he needs to discover the darkish net of corruption, betrayal, and greed that has already expense one guy his life...and, if he can't capture a brutal, remorseless killer, will quickly rate January and his associates theirs.