By Lois McMaster Bujold
This can be a comedy of terrors. A wealthy Komarran service provider fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in far away Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident at the station docks regarding a safety officer from the convoy's Barrayaran army escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his spouse, girl Ekaterin, produce other issues on their minds, reminiscent of getting domestic in time to wait the long-awaited births in their first little ones. but if responsibility calls within the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles, Gregor's youngest Imperial Auditor (a specified high-level troubleshooter) has no selection yet to reply to. ready on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, previous buddies, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a deadly mystery with wider outcomes than even Miles anticipates: a race with time for all times opposed to dying in frightening new kinds. the drawback of being a troubleshooter comes whilst difficulty begins capturing again.
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