TOUGH FEMALE P.I. EXPLORING THE UNDERWORLD OF A VAST STAR EMPIRE.
Book two in a new series set in the world of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire series.
Major Bhaajan achieved the impossible. Born to the Undercity, the slums below the City of Cries on the planet Raylicon, she broke free from crushing poverty and crime to become a military officer with Imperial Space Command. Now retired from military duty, she walks the mean streets of Undercity as a private investigator. And she is about to embark on her most challenging case yet.
Summoned by no less than the Ruby Pharaoh herself, Major Bhaajan is tasked with finding a killer. But this is no ordinary murderer. The Ruby Pharaoh witnessed a Jagernaut cut down Assembly Councilor Tap Benton which shouldn t have beenpossible. The Jagernauts are the elite of the elite soldiers in the Imperial Space Command. What s more, the spinal node implanted in all Jagernauts should have prevented the murder. But the Ruby Pharaoh is sure of what she saw, and she has reason to believe that the Jagernaut will kill again.
Now, Major Bhaajan must hunt down a killer before it is too late. To do so, she must return to the one place on Raylicon she knows best: Undercity.
Catherine Asaro is a scientist (Ph.D. from Harvard), a jazz and ballet dancer and a writer of science fiction and fantasy. The author of twenty-five novels, she is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella ”The Spacetime Pool.“ She is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel,” and she has won numerous other distinctions.
Catherine also has two music CD’s out. The first, Diamond Star, is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, performed with the rock band, Point Valid, and the second is Goodbye Note. She performs at clubs, cons and other venues in the US and abroad, including as the Guest of Honor at Context, the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention.