book cover of Wet Grave
Added by 8 of our members

Wet Grave

(2002)
(The sixth book in the Benjamin January series)
A novel by

 
 
In such stunning novels of crime and character as Die Upon a Kiss, Sold Down the River, and A Free Man of Color, Benjamin January tracked down killers through the sensuous, atmospheric, dangerously beautiful world of Old New Orleans. Now, in this new novel by bestselling author Barbara Hambly, he follows a trail of murder from illicit back alleys to glittering mansions to a dark place where the oldest and deadliest secrets lie buried . . .

Wet Grave

It's 1835 and the relentless glare of the late July sun has slowed New Orleans to a standstill. When Hesione LeGros--once a corsair's jeweled mistress, now a raddled hag--is found slashed to death in a shanty on the fringe of New Orleans's most lawless quarter, there are few to care. But one of them is Benjamin January, musician and teacher. He well recalls her blazing ebony beauty when she appeared, exquisitely gowned and handy with a stiletto, at a demimonde banquet years ago.

Who would want to kill this woman now--Hessy, they said, would turn a trick for a bottle of rum--had some quarrelsome "customer" decided to do away with her? Or could it be one of the sexual predators who roamed the dark and seedy streets? Or--as Benjamin comes to suspect--was her killer someone she knew, someone whose careful search of her shack suggests a cold-blooded crime? Someone whose boot left a chillingly distinctive print . . .

His inquiries at taverns, markets, and slave dances reveal little about "Hellfire Hessy" since her glory days in Barataria Bay, once the lair of gentlemen pirates. Then the murder is swept from his mind by the delivery of a crate filled with contraband rifles--and yet another telltale boot print left by its claimant. When a murder swiftly follows, Ben and Rose Vitrac, the woman he loves, fear the workings of a serpentine mind and a treacherous plot: one only they can hope to thwart in time.

All too soon they are fugitives of color in the stormy bayous and marshes of slave-stealer country, headed for smugglers' haunts and sinister plantations, where one false step could be their last toward a...Wet Grave.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Similar books by other authors

thumb
The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
(Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, book 6)
Susan Wittig Albert
thumb
Among the Mad
(Maisie Dobbs, book 6)
Jacqueline Winspear
thumb
An Expert in Murder
(Josephine Tey, book 1)
Nicola Upson
thumb
A Pale Horse
(Inspector Ian Rutledge, book 10)
Charles Todd

Used availability for Barbara Hambly's Wet Grave

Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Wet Grave (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-375-43274-4 / 978-0-375-43274-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2002 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Wet Grave (Benjamin January, Book 6)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-553-10935-9 / 978-0-553-10935-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumb

Title: Wet Grave (Benjamin January, Book 6)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
ISBN: 0-553-58159-7 / 978-0-553-58159-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2003 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Wet Grave (A Benjamin January Mystery Book 6)
Author(s): Barbara Hambly
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU