Sirian Summer

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As the Sirian Confederacy is born, civilization loses ground. Can rookie U.F. Marshal Nick Walker really make a difference? Or will he be buried under the weight of political upheaval, like the man he was sent to replace? More

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Review by: Kriss Erickson on Dec. 30, 2013 :
Sirian Summer by John Bowers is another lively, fast-moving tale about Nick Walker, United Federation Marshall.

This time, Nick is stationed on Sirius I, a Federation outpost often referred to as “the armpit of the galaxy.” This is partly due to the extreme hot temperatures and partly due to the desperation of the people who live there. This is mostly due to a class structure where white supremacists, who originally colonized the area, decided that the Latinos who came later were inferior. Latinos came to be called ‘serfs’ and treated as if they were less than human.

The other common entities on Sirius I are Cowboys, who earn their living, like Earth cowboys, by rustling cattle.

Within hours of landing on Sirius I, Nick, sent to investigate the murder of Marshal Ron Gates, discovers that one person, Willard Kline, runs the outpost. As Nick begins his investigation, one thing is clear: the collusion, denial and energy of unspoken threats is thick on Sirius I. Someone, or perhaps many someones, definitely do not want him to know what happened to Marshal Gates.

While sitting at the dead Marshall’s desk, Nick also discovers that the murder of a Federation Marshall is just the tip of the iceberg.

Turns out Gates had been investigating the murders of not one but – thirteen – young girls. Will Nick be able to solve not one, but at least fourteen murders? Or perhaps a better question would be, will Federation Marshall Nick Walker leave Sirius I in one piece himself?
(reviewed long after purchase)

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