(Science Fiction, Novelette Plus a Bonus Novelette) When one of tong boss Snakeskin Wong's favored concubines disappears, he calls in his beloved niece, Space Marshal Daisy Wong, to track her down and return the gallivanting, horribly misguided young woman to the bosom of his family. The trail leads back and forth across the solar system, from dives to resorts. It is a path paved with deception, genetic engineers, and murder.
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Weddings. Joyous, happy, weddings. They are the sacramental union or man and wife—celebrations in the truest sense. Indeed, Jesus performed the very first miracle of his public ministry at a wedding.Where would we be without weddings? We'd be in a much, much sadder place, that's where.However, when it comes to the wedding that Fr. Andrei…
Among the issues this novelette touches on are marital fidelity, love, hate, and duty. Lt. Daisy Wong grew up in a criminal family, and yet, she has chosen a career in law enforcement. This means that she is able to walk both sides of that very porous fence, an ability that makes her simultaneously an asset and a liability to both her family and to her employers. It means that she must juggle loyalties, while retaining her own sense of integrity and honor. Above all, it is a dangerous, lethally dangerous, place for her to be.
The bonus novelette is Jousting for Ma's New Brain. It is a fight story set an L-5 colony. The hero needs to win the big fight in order to afford a brain transplant for his beloved mother. The only problem is that the hero is up against some bad actors who will stop at nothing to win. It's courage and skill against duplicity and villainy.