The exotic east comes to New Orleans when the newspapers report that the two concubines of the visiting Huseyin Pasha are found strangled and thrown out a window. No one is surprised at the brutality, for who knows what sort of evil a non-christian would get to? But Benjamin January knows better for he met the Pasha and his wives ten years earlier in Paris... This is a great read with plenty of backstory, some terrific observations about being a woman in a society that denies power to them, and a long look at Benjamin's life in Paris. Five stars overall and muchly recommended.
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