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Chapter 1: Predators and Prey


The Golden Crater Casino was unquestionably among the largest and plushest gaming palaces in the galaxy. Its reputation for the exotic and the exciting was fully earned, as but the briefest of walks down its crowded corridors and across its even more crowded rooms would reveal. People were jammed elbow-to-elbow in some places in their fanatical attempts to lose money to the House. Women in abbreviated costumes roamed the floor, ostensibly employed as photographers, waitresses and the like—though it was common knowledge that a fifty-ruble bill would procure other services from them as well.

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