The Shirt on His Back

The Shirt on His Back

eBook - 2011
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"Abishag Shaw is seeking vengeance for his brother's murder -- and Benjamin January is seeking money after every bank in the country crashes. Far beyond the frontier, in the depths of the Rocky Mountains, both are to be found at the great Rendezvous of the Mountain Men. And during that month-long orgy of cheap booze, shooting-matches, tall tales and cut-throat trading, something else is found instead: the corpse of a murdered gentleman whom nobody recognizes, clean-shaven, perfumed, and clothed on in a pair of black kid gloves."--Cover.
Publisher: Surrey, England : Severn House, 2011.
ISBN: 9781780100180
1780100183
0727880101
9780727880109
Characteristics: 1 online resource (250 pages).
Summary: "Abishag Shaw is seeking vengeance for his brother's murder -- and Benjamin January is seeking money after every bank in the country crashes. Far beyond the frontier, in the depths of the Rocky Mountains, both are to be found at the great Rendezvous of the Mountain Men. And during that month-long orgy of cheap booze, shooting-matches, tall tales and cut-throat trading, something else is found instead: the corpse of a murdered gentleman whom nobody recognizes, clean-shaven, perfumed, and clothed on in a pair of black kid gloves."--Cover.

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Jun 07, 2011

This is a fascinating mystery series about an educated free black man in early 19th century New Orleans. He is a doctor and a musician, but still struggles to keep his head above water financially, and keep from being kidnapped by slavers.

That he is a good observer and very smart leads him into detecting, and there's a mystery in each story, but the real entertainment is the descriptions of the life he and his friends lead in that time and place.

In this story Benjamin's wife becomes pregnant and his bank goes bust, so he takes a job that his friend offers to go out west in search of a murderer.

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