found that the officer was looking right at her. Not tall. Very
elegant, in his black uniform; and his black uniform made her
afraid, because only senior officers wore that color, and senior
officers frightened her. Frowning. And no color in his eyes. Like
ice. Like the cold moonlight glittering on the water..."
Koscuisko is an Inquisitor for the Bench federation of worlds.
It is his duty to root outquickly, efficiently, quietlyanyone
who would threaten the ruling order.
Andrej has been posted to the penal facility at Port Rudistal.
Here hundreds of prisonerstraitors who dared dream of freedom
and self-ruleawait interrogation. They know an Inquisitor's
judgment is firm and unassailable. Yet there is a line that even
he may not cross.
Although an Inquisitor is not supposed to feel outrage, weakness
or pity, Andrej is, above all, a man of honor. And now he must
risk his careerand perhaps his lifeexposing the truth
that lies behind the black walls of the Domitt Prison.
brilliant author. A wonderful book. A new SF star has risen."