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Assassin's Orbit

John Appel


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Golden Girls meets The Expanse with a side of Babylon Five

Murder makes unlikely allies.

On the eve of the planet Ileri's historic vote to join the Commonwealth, the assassination of a government minister threatens to shatter everything. Private investigator Noo Okereke and spy Meiko Ogawa join forces with police chief Toiwa to investigate and discover clues that point disturbingly toward a threat humanity thought they had escaped.

Praise For Assassin's Orbit

"With solid, thoughtful representation this will be well worth the time of any reader looking for socially conscious hard sci-fi." -- Publishers Weekly
— Publishers Weekly

"A compelling, explosive debut." -- Locus Magazine
— Locus Magazine

"Combines a space station murder mystery with mature characters, with action beats, intrigue, diverse characters and an engaging plot and writing style."
— Nerds of a Feather

"A fast-paced, action-packed crime thriller."
— San Francisco Book Review

Solaris, 9781781089156, 448pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2021

About the Author

John Appel volunteered to jump out of planes before he’d ever been in a plane; his friends and family say this sums up his approach to life pretty well. He writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional tabletop RPG adventure. A lifelong Marylander, he lives in the Baltimore suburbs with his wife and children. He masquerades as a technology risk manager to pay the bills after two decades as an information security pro. When not writing, rolling dice, or keeping the bad guys at bay, he enjoys rum and swords, but not both at the same time. John is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop.