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Brothel manager Koko Martstellar was living a comfortable life on the pleasure resort of The Sixty Islands, but her former career as a mercenary returns to haunt her in Shea's sf/crime fiction debut. Her former comrade-in-arms, who had helped her get her job in the "hospitality industry," suddenly and inexplicably hires someone to kill Koko. On the run, Koko heads to an orbital platform in the Second Free Zone where former policeman Flynn puts his suicide plans on hold to help her to evade those looking to collect the bounty on her head. VERDICT Shea takes us 500 years into Earth's future, a place apparently decadent and war torn in equal measure. Reminiscent of Takeshi Kovacs from Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon with a dash of Tank Girl attitude, Koko is a memorable character. The violence is quite extreme, so the squeamish should probably look elsewhere, but this is a fun gender reversal of your typical shoot-em-up sf.