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The Quillian Sector (Dumarest of Terra #19)
The Quillian Sector - Dumarest of Terra #19 Author:E.C. Tubb Take the greatest hunter of a hundred worlds - a man wise to the wiles of beasts and men. Take this professional killer and give him a human target. — Take the greatest concentration of brains of a thousand worlds - the Cyclan with its legion of emotionless agents. Take these inhuman monsters and give them a human target. — The target for both was... more » Earl Dumarest. But the rule of the hunt was special. Dumarest must be captured but not killed. And the place was extra-special: the Quillian Sector. "The place where space goes mad."
The Quillian Sector where Dumarest was searching for lost Terra.« less
In The Quillian Sector, Dumarest finds himself in the titular neighborhood in space - supposedly known for its many unpredictable factors. Those factors don't really play into the story much, though. In it, the Cyclan (cyborgs who are after Dumarest cause he knows some of their secrets) have hired a famous and cruel hunter to find Dumarest. Meanwhile, Dumarest has found work as a gambling manager on a passenger ship. Of course, yet another lovely woman, this one the ship's engineer, finds herself besotted with Dumarest.