"Very enjoyable and refreshingly different"
In the far distant future, Earth exists with other sentient
species by obeying galactic law, though this may not be the
best in some individual human cases. If Terra or its
colonies want to trade with other species, the law must be
obeyed. Miles Flint doesn't think of these ramifications
when he becomes a moon detective. He accepts the job
because he sees it as a way of helping people.
Then the Wygin come. This alien species want the children
of two humans who have committed crimes on their home
world, crimes that they never even knew they were
committing and were nothing similar to Earth law. Miles
must also deal with the case of Ekaterina Maakestad, a
woman who did her duty as a defense attorney and is wanted
by the Rev because her client then went on to commit other
crimes after she got him acquitted on the first charge.
Miles, in good conscience, can't turn the children and the
woman over to the aliens but if he doesn't, he is breaking
the very laws he has sworn to uphold.
In THE DISAPPEARED, there are disappearance agencies that
help people wanted by aliens establish new identifies
reminiscent of today's witness protection program. The
results of an unscrupulous agency is what this story line
is all about and how one man within the system, tries to do
what is right even if it is not legal. Kristine Kathryn
Rusch is a talented storyteller who creates a make believe
future galaxy that seems very real.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002