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A Space Marine lies murdered.

Members of an alien race stand accused.

And for the corporate cop assigned, solving this case could get him killed.

Investigator John Romaine has had a deal in place for years: do his job well and his employers won’t send him into the dirt and danger of their planetary colonies.

So he’s stunned when they deploy him to an unregistered world to solve the suspicious death of a Marine. And even more astounded to discover that the planet is home to aliens, the first sentient species humans have encountered.

The pressure mounts to charge the local people with murder, the clues aren’t adding up, and as conflict flares between the locals and the Marines, Romaine is forced to do two things he’s never done before.

Fight for his life. And choose a side that’s not his own…


“Aldin’s talent for writing gripping scifi with memorable characters is among the best in the business.”

~ Kevin Ikenberry, author of Sleeper Protocol


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