THE BEST-SELLING UNDER JURISDICTION SERIES FROM CAMPBELL AWARD-NOMINATED AUTHOR SUSAN R. MATTHEWS CONTINUES. A new installment in the Phillip K. Dick-nominated series that Janis Ian called "a very scary series." Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko finds himself out of the frying pan and into the fire: to fight back against a devious crime syndicate that is trying to murder him and bring slavery and darkness to Gonebeyond Space.
Gonebeyond space: get there and you may find freedom from torture and genocide under Jurisdiction. Yet go there at your own risk. The Rule of Law has only a tenuous hold on Gonebeyond, and undefended settlements can be exploited with impunity.
Until now. The Langsariks’ Hilton Shires has forged a coalition to bring the worst of the Gonebeyond criminals—slavers—to justice. The criminal cartels that have profited from the freedom of Gonebeyond for so long aren’t having any of it, and they know the key to taking down Shires is to get rid of ally, renegade Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko. But where can they find an assassin with the moxey to “disappear” Andrej Koscuisko? Many have tried. None have succeeded.
Enter his Excellency Danyo Pefisct. Years ago he honed his torturer’s craft against the Emandisan bond-involuntary Security slave Joslire Curran, once a servant to Andrej. Now Pefisct has come to Gonebeyond to enslave Andrej Koscuisko himself—all for the personal pleasure of the head of one of Jurisdiction’s most powerful crime syndicates.
But the torturer from the Jurisdiction hasn’t reckoned on one thing: Andrej Koscuisko is as relentless and effective as he ever was. The difference? Now Andrej serves the cause of Gonebeyond justice!
Priase for Crimes Against Humanity:
"...a tightly styled, simply plotted examination of ambition, obsession, and the many faces of justice..."—Publishers Weekly
"Fans of space opera with a dark or grim twist will enjoy the idiosyncratic setting, full of former torturers and mind-control devices. . . ."—Booklist
About Blood Enemies:
"A very satisfying entry in a very scary series!"—Janis Ian
"Starting with An Exchange of Hostages, I devoured Susan R. Matthews 'Koscuisko' novels—all six of them—when they first appeared. Books with this much courage, clarity, and empathy are rare. The Under Jurisdiction series is a remarkable and unprecedented accomplishment.”—Stephen R. Donaldson, New York Times best-selling author of the Thomas Covenant series.
More praise for Susan R. Matthews:
“[Matthews] brilliantly uses science fiction’s freedom of creation to make a world in which she can explore deep moral conflicts.”—Denver Post
“. . . has a dark energy . . . an extremely compelling read.”—New York Review of Science Fiction
“A chilling and engaging novel of false accusation and the power of personal responsibility.”—Booklist on Angel of Drestruction
“A tightly woven space opera full of grand heroic gestures and characters strong enough to sustain all the action.”—Booklist on The Devil and Deep Space