From the back cover: "Two-time nominee for the Campbell Award and finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, Susan R. Matthews continues to blaze a trail through contemporary science fiction with Angel of Destruction. A stand-alone novel within her critically acclaimed Judiciary Universe, her latest work focuses on Bench specialist Garol Vogel and his attempts to make peace with the Langsarik people- the people his own Judiciary drove into a life of piracy.
Vogel has offered the disenfranchised Langsariks an amnesty agreement that would ban them from space travel and ensure an end to their pirate raids. But now, raids are being committed in Judiciary space. Raids that leave no surviviors. Raids blamed on the Langsarik. And if Vogel can find no proof to support his belief that the Langsarik are not responsible for the raids, the Judiciary will have no choice but to enforce a harsher punishment, in effect, destroying the Langsarik entirely."
Now my thoughts. Garol Vogel is a just and honorable man trying to work within a government that is frequently neither just or honorable. The Langsariks are not just pirates, but the last of a resistence group that their own government has turned its back on. Now they are a captive people, trying to make the best of the amnesty Garol wrangled for them, but they have a powerful hidden enemy out for revenge. Also we have Kazmer Daigule, a smuggler and a thief, but loyal enough to his Langsarik friends that he'll sacrifice his life to help them, and Cousin Stanoczk, an agent of the galaxy's finest intelligence service, the Church of the Malcontent.
"A brilliant author."
A great science fiction novel. You will enjoy it.