There had been five cosmic villains on Kirth Gersen's vengeance list. There were now just two left. The Demon Prince named Lens Larque was the one who next crossed Gersen's path.
As each of the five planet-slayers were different from one another, so too was Lens Larque. He was personally ugly, he came from a planet with an appallingly vicious culture, and he was arrogant above all others.
Kirth Gersen realized that this was going to be a tough nut to crack. But would it be even possible? For Larque was not only well hidden, he had a mission of villainy that overrode all the other villainies in Gersen's file, and his personal obsession was based upon an enormous and very real foundation in sadistic power.
At long last, the eagerly awaited fourth novel of Jack Vance's great Demon Princes adventures.
John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (1916–2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Though most of his work has been published as by Jack Vance, he also wrote 11 mystery novels using his full name John Holbrook Vance, three under the pseudonym Ellery Queen, and once each using the pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.
Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984 and he was a Guest of Honor at the 1992 World Science Fiction Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made him its 14th Grand Master in 1997 and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001, its sixth class of two deceased and two living writers.