Drinking Gourd
by Barbara Hambly

Benjamin January investigates the murder of a ‘conductor’ of the Underground Railway, helping slaves to freedom.

Benjamin January is called up to Vicksburg, deep in cotton-plantation country, to help a wounded “conductor” of the Underground Railroad – the secret network of safe-houses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. When the chief “conductor” of the “station” is found murdered, Jubal Cain – the coordinator of the whole Railroad system in Mississippi – is accused of the crime. Since Cain can’t expose the nature of his involvement in the railroad, January has to step in and find the true killer, before their covers are blown.

As January probes into the murky labyrinth of slaves, slave-holders, the fugitives who follow the “drinking gourd” north to freedom and those who help them on their way, he discovers that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, and that sometimes there are no easy answers.

Reviews

“Another strong entry in an always enjoyable series”

Booklist

“Hambly juxtaposes heroism with hypocrisy and altruism with cruelty in her compelling sixth instalment”

Kirkus Reviews

“Hambly's well-tuned ear for the vernacular speech of her characters, whatever their race, is a plus”

Publishers Weekly

Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly, though a native of Southern California, lived in New Orleans for many years while married to the late science fiction writer George Alec Effinger. Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in numerous genres.

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Editions

Drinking Gourd by Barbara Hambly is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788606429th February 2016147 X 225mm256£20.99
Hardback978072788606429th February 2016147 X 225mm256£20.99
Ebook97817801076911st July 2016N/A256$6.99
Ebook97817801076911st July 2016N/A256£4.99
Ebook97817801076911st July 2016N/A256$6.99
Hardback - Large Print978072789504228th February 2017144 X 222mm384$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978072789504231st December 2016144 X 222mm384£22.99
Hardback - Large Print978072789504228th February 2017144 X 222mm384$36.95
Paperback978184751708129th February 2016140 X 215mm256£12.99
Paperback978184751708129th February 2016140 X 215mm256£12.99
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