DEAD WATER, by Barbara Hambly
and they enter the isolated world of a paddleboat, where coffles of miserable slaves are offered for purchase to any white man passing by. The passengers are a motley lot, ranging from very proper to not nearly proper enough. The crew is even worse, headed up by a pusilanimous captain and a bullying pilot. But there's also a cold-blooded killer, and as the ship crawls north into American-dominated territory, it becomes even more dangerous to January, his wife and their friend. This could be an uneasy read for the more tender-hearted, but the series is compelling, and Benjamin January an entrancing character. It's a 5.
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