By Barbara Hambly
Benjamin January is compelled to trip to Haiti to hunt his family’s misplaced treasure, in an effort to shop every thing he holds dear
When Jefferson Vitrack – the white half-brother of Benjamin January’s spouse - turns up on January’s doorstep in the summertime of 1838 claiming he has found a clue to the whereabouts of the family’s misplaced treasure, January has no hesitation approximately refusing to aid search for it. For the treasure lies in Haiti, the island that used to be France’s such a lot ecocnomic colony – till the blood-chilling repression practiced there via the whites upon their slaves caused a savage uprising. The world’s purely Black Republic nonetheless seems with murderous distrust upon any strangers who could set foot there, and January is in no hurry to go.
But while Vitrack is murdered, and makes an attempt are made on January’s spouse and himself, he is familiar with that he has no selection. He needs to search the treasure himself, to attract the unknown killers into the open, a bloody path that leads first to Cuba, then to Haiti, and eventually to the key that lies buried with the accursed gold.
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Her hood is edged with fur that hides all but the white curve of her cheek. The hem of her dress has a geometric border of pale blue. She is walking away with a bundle in her arms, something wrapped tightly, as if against the cold. The trees hold their branches numbly toward the sky; they frame the road. Someone has left a red cloth on the bench in front of the house at the end of the lane—a shawl, perhaps, or a small tablecloth, the only spot of bright color. The woman shields her bundle with her arms, with her gloved hands, turning her back on the center of the village as quickly as possible.
He looked down then and sighed as if it hurt him even to exhale. “No. You don’t understand. I wasn’t attacking her. ” “For someone else? ” I kept my gaze fixed on him. “Did you feel you were doing it for your wife? ” “You can talk with her,” he said, as if he didn’t care one way or the other. “You can even talk with Mary if you want. You can look at the pictures if you want. I don’t care. ” I asked. It was not his ex-wife’s name. I waited a little, but he was silent. “Are the pictures you mentioned pictures of her?
Then he stopped and let himself just be led away, for some reason. The museum is trying to decide whether or not to press assault charges. ” I studied the backyard again. ” “Just a pocketknife. Nothing dramatic, but he could have done a lot of damage. He was very excited, thought he was on a heroic mission, and then broke down at the station, said he hadn’t slept in days, even cried a little. ” I could hear John waiting for my answer. ” I knew, and laughed. Turning fifty just two years before had shocked us both, and we’d covered it by celebrating with several friends who were in the same situation.
Crimson Angel (Benjamin January Series, Book 13) by Barbara Hambly