- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Bantam (6. Juli 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0553102591
- ISBN-13: 978-0553102598
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 16,5 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.442.960 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Graveyard Dust (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Juli 1999
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Benjamin January's life is such a mixture of exotic elements and influences that Barbara Hambly's historical mysteries about him often seem to be in danger of exploding. There's his very black skin in a society that equates lightness to class; his shaky status as a free man in 1830s slave-owning New Orleans; the music that he loves but now has to play at parties to make a living because he can't practice as a doctor in America. Graveyard Dust, the third in Hambly's fine series, adds the murky religion of voodoo to the mixture. Ben's older sister, Olympe, practices that ancient art and winds up being charged with murder by a frightened and suspicious police force. Then there's the yellow fever epidemic that has broken out, threatening not only public health but the financial future of several powerful citizens.
What keeps the book on track across all this colorful terrain is Hambly's uncanny ability to constantly show us the connections to our own place and time. January is always recognizable as our representative of strength and morality, even if he seems at times to be carrying unbearable burdens. Few mysteries have as much humanity and history in their list of ingredients. --Dick Adler
"Hambly continues to dramatize problems of race and class through her trademark exotic settings and situations--including the most florid courtroom fireworks you've ever seen."
"[E]motional authenticity, varied cast and rich historical trappings give the novel power and depth."
Praise for the other Benjamin January novels by Barbara Hambly:
A Free Man of Color:
"Magically rich and poignant...In scene after scene researched in impressive depth and presented in the cool, clear colors of photography, Hambly creates an exotic but recognizable environment for January's search for justice."
"A darned good murder mystery."
"A most sparkling gem...Readers are transported back to a distinctive time and place and introduced to a most unusual protagonist....New Orleans vividly comes alive....January is a fascinating hero."
--King Features Syndicate
"An astonishing tour de force...This tense and absorbing drama is full of clever twists, chilling dangers, and unexpected acts of redeeming grace."
"A notable writer of mystery fiction...This one grips the reader from start to finish."
--The Washington Times
"From the highborn Creoles in their river mansions to the uncivilized Americans brawling on the levee, Hambly speaks all their languages, knows all their secrets, and brings them all to life."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A haunting story of injustice...An eye-opening look into a little-known period in U.S. history."
Fazit: Schön, dass die Benjamin-January-Reihe an ihren vielversprechenden Start doch noch anknüpfen kann, aber weniger Komplexität hätte dem Roman gutgetan, daher nur 4 Sterne.
Even though this book is the third in the series, the way Ms. Hambly develops the characters and the exposition is complete, fresh and never boring. You could certainly start with this book and then go back to read the others.
If I had to find one flaw (the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5), I would say that the pace of the book is slower than my NY tastes. However, it is a perfect mirror of the South as far as I can tell -- and it held my interest the entire way.
Since I am white, I would like to add that I was encouraged to read reviews here by African Americans who liked this book. I felt it was sensitive and accurate and their endorsement confirmed that for me.
The best thing I can say is that I am always looking out for new work by Barbara Hambly -- she is a reader's delight.
Benjamin, a free man of color, knows his sibling would never do such an act, though she practices good voodoo. He also realizes that his sister has no chance of a fair trial by her peers because New Orleans is a city deeply divided along racial lines. Benjamin begins his own inquiries into the murder of Isaak even after someone tries to warn him off by sprinkling GRAVEYARD DUST in his bed. When it comes to Olympe, nothing will stand in Benjamin's way of trying to free her.
GRAVEYARD DUST, the third novel in Barbara Hambly's superb historical mystery series, is an excellent who-done-it that will bring further accolades to this talented writer. The excellent story line is extremely complex as it meanders to its conclusion. The characters are warm and represent various aspects of early nineteenth century New Orleans. This facet of the novel alone makes GRAVEYARD DUST a winner. The atmosphere of 1834 New Orleans makes this one of the top historical who-done-its of the year.
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I avoid hardbacks - no more space for them. Having read all three of the published Ben January novels, I would buy them any way I could get them. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I discovered A Free Man of Color by chance, and eagerly awaited the release of Fever Season. Graveyard Dust, however, tops the other two excellent novels. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I happened to pick up this third book about Ben January without having read the first two books or knowing the author. Ms. Hambley has a new fan in me! Lesen Sie weiter...Am 20. September 1999 veröffentlicht
I have been reading Barbara Hambly's science fiction for years. When I saw that she had written a series of books based on a free man of color, as an African American I was... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 26. August 1999 veröffentlicht