4?/series. A more than usually satisfying tale from this prolific and original writer. The latest in the Benjamin January saga (which begins with A Free Man of Color), this complex tale takes us back to January’s many years in Paris, then to New Orleans where any free black man lives in fear of being forcibly taken as a slave. A Turkish nobleman January had known in Paris is accused of throwing his two concubines from a third-floor window. There is a white, therefore believable, witness, but January knows better. The cast of characters is big, the plot big, the story big. If you like historical fiction, you will gobble up every bit of this marvelous series. A 5. Could make a good series for a book group.