Sounds simple, right?
Not quite, because the alleged murder happened on another planet, the accused is a member of the secretive Pretoria Cartel of super-rich business tycoons--with illegal off-Earth ventures--and the only person who can remotely be called a witness is an alien, the elder Abri from the Pengali Thousand Islands tribe.
Diplomat Cory Wilson is asked to accompany Abri to the Nations of Earth court, but when he and his team arrive there, their contacts have been moved to different cases, their rooms are bugged and their movements restricted. No one is answering their questions, but it is when a lawyer is murdered and Cory's team captures a mysterious stalker that things get interesting.
Just as well they are prepared in the usual way: alert and highly armed.
A science fiction thriller that will appeal to readers of C.J. Cherryh's science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles series, Lindsay Buroker, Alastair Reynolds and Ann Leckie.
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Young diplomat Cory Wilson narrowly escapes death in the assassination of President Sirkonen. No one claims responsibility but there is no doubt that the attack is extraterrestrial.
Cory was meant to start work as a representative to Gamra, the alien organisation that governs the FTL transport network, but now his new job may well be scrapped in anger.
Worse, as Earth uses military force to stop any extraterrestrials coming or leaving, as 200,000 extraterrestrial humans are trapped on Earth, as the largest army in the galaxy prepares to free them by force, only Cory has the experience, language skills and contacts to solve the crime.
But he's broke, out of a job and a long way from Earth.
Will appeal to readers of C.J. Cherryh's science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles series, Lindsay Buroker, Alastair Reynolds and Sean Williams.
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In Watcher's Web, Jessica comes to the city of Barresh on the world of Ceren through what looks like an accident, but is a kidnapping attempt gone wrong. Jessica (or Anmi) is Aghyrian, an ancient highly intelligent race that gave rise to all human races on all inhabited worlds. Someone is trying to resurrect the almost extinct race, but a mad tyrant from the neighbouring nation of Miran wants Aghyrians for his twisted, evil plans.
The botched kidnapping almost brings down the successful business of the Andrahar Trading family of Miran. In book 2, Mikandra has just been accepted as apprentice with them when she sees her life's dream evaporate from under her. Going to Barresh to locate a chunk of the family's missing money sounds simple enough, but she uncovers layers of betrayal by people she trusted.
In book 3 jaded soldier Izramith accepts a contract providing security for a an event in Barresh. Privately, she is looking for her uncle who disappeared and is said to be in Miran. He was not the only one; people with a high percentage of Aghyrian blood have been disappearing for years. Attempting to free them from the heart of Miran makes her undertake the most hare-brained operation of all her military career.
In book 4 the task of facing the tyrant of Miran is left to the least likely person of all: Ellisandra, a gentile young lady whose normal job it is to run the Mirani state theatre. She has no guns. Her weapons are words and a single public performance of a classic play.
Will appeal to readers of C.J. Cherryh, Tamora Pierce and Isobelle Carmody.
Space opera, young adult, adventure, science fiction, aliens,