Keenly aware that he is a descendant of slaves, Lazarus joins the effort as aide to Clarkson and the Abolition Society gains the upper hand . . . until the ruthless West Indies sugar lobby convinces Parliament that evidence of cruelty to slaves is exaggerated and stale. The abolitionists need fresh evidence, but their leading informant in the West Indies has been murdered – and the abolitionists face defeat unless somebody can provide intelligence from the scene.
Disguised as a tailor, Lazarus sails to Barbados to spy on slave masters . . . to end the slave trade and save the slaves. But his adventure proves more perilous than anyone had thought. Now the question becomes . . . who will save Lazarus Perlman?
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Set against the rich background of the British abolition movement – which spawned Amazing Grace – this ambitious historical fiction takes a fresh look at two peoples, Africans and Jews, and their common legacy . . . slavery and oppression. Peopled with unforgettable characters and paced with stark conflicts, it spins a captivating, uniquely original and timeless tale – and posts reminders for every generation.