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Posted December 9, 2008
Fans of outer space police procedurals will enjoy this
In the far distant future when various races have colonized the stars, the BSI was formed to deal with human involvement in criminal cases outside the homeworld system. Agents Hannah Wolfson and Jamie Mendez are sent to Reqwar, one of the worlds colonized by the Pavlat, to escort a prisoner home. When they arrive there, they are greeted by troops who want to kill them they barely make it to the surface alive.----- - An official tells them they were not sent to escort George home, but to observe his execution. His crime is that he refused to kill his adopted father Thelm Lantrall, the leader of the world. When a murder occurs, various alien races must work together to solve the homicide before civil war explodes.------ The planet Reqwar and its inhabitants are described in colorful vivid detail so that the audience can easily visualize the planet and its occupants though that also slows down an exciting science fiction murder mystery. Fans of outer space police procedurals will enjoy Roger MacBride Allen¿s fine thriller containing realistic enigmatic alien races and two superb human cops struggling to deal with unfamiliar cultures in which the definition of what is a crime differ.------- Harriet Klausner
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