Painting the Roses Red by Kathleen Sky and Stephen Goldin
Series: The Star Rooks, Book 1.
Approx. 10,110 words.
Published on June 7, 2009 by
Marc Shikari, an inspector for the Interstellar Investigation Institute, knows something illegal is going on. The diMedici family, a clan of interstellar swindlers, is trading stock madly among several different worlds--all among themselves. Every transaction seems legit, but Shikari knows there's got to be more to it than that. What's their angle?
(Star Rooks story #1)