The Disappeared

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In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.

Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must ...

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Overview

In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.

Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must enforce the law-giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for trying to save her own life. But how is a man supposed to enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he's not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?

This Endeavor Award-winning novel is Flint's first adventure, the story that turns him from a police detective in the Armstrong Dome on the Moon into a Retrieval Artist.

"Rusch has created an entertaining blend of mystery and sf, a solid police drama that asks hard questions about what justice between cultures, and even species, really is."
-Booklist

"It feels like a popular TV series crossed with a
Spielberg film-engaging."
-Locus

"The Disappeared is a very readable, very thought-provoking novel that lives up to every expectation we have of Rusch and her considerable talents. Buy and enjoy."
-Analog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615458564
  • Publisher: WMG Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com, fictionriver.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.
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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Fantastic!

    Kicking off the Retrieval Artist, this book introduces Miles Flint and a complex world with aliens and the legal consequences of interstellar diplomacy. I found it very engaging, fun to read and can't wait for the next book to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    New (to me) series to enjoy

    The Retrieval Artist series is great science fiction, with complex characters, intriguing ideas, and good science (no fires in space, for example). I am on book 3 now, and thoroughly enjoying this series.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I'm an avid SF fan partial to "hard" SF. I really enjoyed the use of ultimate computer networking as well as interplay of an individual trying to do right in a future world. Give it a try, it's fun! Matt in Western PA

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Great Sci Fi Mystery

    If you like Sci fi and like detective stories here it is altogether. Kristine Kathryn Rusch does a fabulous job of painting a picture of a future where other life is out there. With other life being out there, new laws follow these new lives. With new laws there are new challenges to break those law. New challenges to catch the law breakers. Take the chance read a realistic portrait of the future.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    This is a great series

    We picked up the last book in the series in paperback, and enjoyed it so started buying the books in order. This one is one of the better ones, and the first one (other than The Retrieval Artist which is a short novel).

    Not all of the series out currently out in ebook format, so we still had to go back to paperbacks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    What is Justice?

    Humans have expanded into space, but dealing with their alien neighbors has taken a lot of negotiation. Alien justice is harsh, but humans agree to abide by their laws and punishments for the sake of trade. The Rev have brutal work camps, the Wygnin take children to pay for the crimes of their parents, and the Ditsy have gruesome vengeance killings. Humans who willingly or unknowingly break an alien law must submit to the sentence or disappear. Miles Flint and his partner Noelle DeRicci are detectives on the Moon; within a few short days, they are drawn into three cases of alien justice ¿ an unusually high percentage. One involves a woman, Ekaterina, who is trying to disappear to avoid the Rev; the two others involve people who have been hiding for years. As DeRicci tries to track down Ekaterina, Flint tries to figure out how to avoid turning a baby over to the Wygnin while working to solve the connection between the three cases. The Disappeared functions fairly well as a detective partner story with DeRicci as the embittered veteran and Flint as the newly promoted rookie. Plenty of tension is provided through checkered pasts, irritable aliens, uncaring bureaucracy, and the occasionally convenient loss of communications. Rusch deals well with the emotional turmoil involved in having to support alien laws that seem immoral and are quite accurately described as inhumane, especially as the detectives get more involved in the cases. The characters are fairly well drawn - they are all basically decent, real people facing difficult situations and haunted by their pasts. I'd like to know more about the aliens ¿ we¿re really just introduced to them in this book. I have to wonder if there are any aliens in Rusch's universe that are even-tempered and reasonable by our terms. This is the first novel in the Retrieval Artist series, and sets up the background and main characters. One of my minor quibbles with The Disappeared is that sometimes it feels like the set-up is more important than the story being told. Also, I found Flint's amazing ability to get secure information out of any computer system he touches to be unrealistic. The Disappeared does succeed in making you think about justice and culture clash ¿ I'll be interested to see where Rusch goes next with these concepts.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great future galaxy tale

    In the far distant future, Earth exists with other sentient species by obeying galactic law, though this may not be the best in some individual human cases. If Terra or its colonies want to trade with other species, the law must be obeyed. Miles Flint doesn¿t think of these ramifications when he becomes a moon detective. He accepts the job because he sees it as a way of helping people. <P>Then the Wygin come. This alien species want the children of two humans who have committed crimes on their home world, crimes that they never even knew they were committing and were nothing similar to Earth law. Miles must also deal with the case of Ekaterina Maakestad, a woman who did her duty as a defense attorney and is wanted by the Rev because her client then went on to commit other crimes after she got him acquitted on the first charge. Miles, in good conscience, can¿t turn the children and the woman over to the aliens but if he doesn¿t, he is breaking the very laws he has sworn to uphold. <P>In THE DISAPPEARED, there are disappearance agencies that help people wanted by aliens establish new identifies reminiscent of today¿s witness protection program. The results of an unscrupulous agency is what this story line is all about and how one man within the system, tries to do what is right even if it is not legal. Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a talented storyteller who creates a make believe future galaxy that seems very real. <P>Harriet Klausner

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