Desperate Measures Author:Joe Clifford Faust No doubt about it, James May was a hard-luck spacer. If it wasn't a cargo gone bad, it was his unfortunate choice of crew. And this time was no exception. — It all started when a brawl on a low-tech planet left him in the hospital with a broken collarbone. His co-pilot took off with their spaceship--ironically, May had named it "Angel's Luck." An... more »d even though he got her back, he'd had to sacrifice crucial guidance and mass-detection instruments.
So there he was, stuck on a no-profit world without his ship's vital parts or a co-pilot--and getting further and further behind in his payments to Ryuichi Hiro, a major kingpin in the Yueh-sheng crime syndicate, who just happened to hold the mortgage on Angel's Luck. What else could May do but accept when William Wesley Arbor, better known as Duke, volunteered for the job of co-pilot.
However, in his eagerness to escape an impending double-wife marriage, Duke had neglected to mention one little detail: while he did indeed have papers, they certified him as a commodities trader, not a co-pilot. By the time May found out, there was nothing he could do except hope his new partner would learn the job before the two of them got killed. But even hope turned out to be too much to ask, because Hiro decided to call in May's load.
Suddenly the crew of Angel's Luck found themselves in deep trouble--mixed up in the biggest illegal power play the galaxy had ever seen.« less