Lady of Perdition
by Barbara Hambly

Benjamin January heads to the “Slaveholders’ Republic” of Texas to locate a kidnapped girl and help a woman who saved him from the noose.

April, 1840.
Benjamin January knows no black person in their right mind would willingly go to the Republic of Texas but when his former pupil Selina Bellinger is kidnapped and enslaved, he has no choice. Once there he is saved from being hanged by Valentina Taggart, wife of the wealthy landowner of Rancho Perdition.

After Valentina is accused of the murder of her husband, she in turn calls on Benjamin for help. To do so, he must abandon the safe haven of New Orleans, where people know he’s a free man, to return to the self-proclaimed “Slaveholders’ Republic”.

In a land still disputed between vengeful Comanche, disgruntled Mexican Tejanos, Americans who want to join the United States and those who want to keep Texas free, January must uncover what happened to Valentina’s husband. Behind lies, betrayals and rising political tensions lies the answer . . . but finding it could cost Ben his life.


Deeply researched … Hambly’s well-wrought denunciation of slavery and her skillful defense of women’s rights resound from January’s times to our own


A riveting exploration of a little-known period of Texas history intensified by gut-wrenching depictions of people’s enduring inhumanity

Kirkus Reviews

An atmospheric, beautifully written mystery

Kirkus Reviews on Cold Bayou

Readers will learn a lot about the unique culture of antebellum Louisiana

Publishers Weekly on Cold Bayou

“Fascinating ... This well-researched mystery offers readers an appealing cast of characters, a suitably complex plot, and some eye-opening historical details

Publishers Weekly on Murder in July

Outstanding ... In addition to the slavery issue, Hambly focuses on broader social concerns, with panache and sensitivity

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Drinking Gourd

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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Lady of Perdition by Barbara Hambly is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978072789271331st August 2020145 X 225mm368£23.99
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