"I knew the Board didn't care that thousands were dead. It cared that they'd died unprofitably."


The Unified Fiduciary Dominion has a problem. Beloved admiral Seersa Kudaibergen is suddenly faltering in battle, while whispers of conspiracy drift through the orbital Defense Corps. Now The Interviewer, fussy ex-military investigator, must partner with Madame Zhou, cantankerous Ruby District doyenne, to unravel a string of increasingly pyrrhic victories over an immortal alien fleet.

A florid, sharply characterized exploration of one shadowed society, ruled by extravagant military contractors...falling to pieces under siege.

In the UFD, truth and revenue are often mutually exclusive. But when Crowley Vanderbilt, greedy corporate scion, starts meddling with battle plans that have staved off Fleet Eternal for decades, the entire planet is on the hook for his lies.

Now, Fleet Eternal's next assault threatens to be the deadliest one yet. In a desperate bid to blow the whistle before it's too late, The Interviewer enlists the help of Bartimus Caldwell, whiz kid sensor Scry, to assemble a declassified public report that could rewrite military history forever—and might just save the entire system from fiery annihilation in the bargain...

 

A sleuth with a grudge. An armada that never dies. A world on the verge.
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Loved by fans of: Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries, Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit, Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch, and John Scalzi!