Craig Conley always had a love for astronomy and physics, soaking up everything he could find on these subjects. His stories reflect that passion and the science he employs is based on our current level of knowledge about the universe and its workings. He also adds a sense of humor and a touch of roguishness to his pirate gang, and the results are quite entertaining. Much of his life was spent as a professional musician and that extraordinary late-night environment lends color to his characters.
A ring of small rockets filled with ruby chips orbiting the second planet of a red dwarf star initiates a mystery. A vacationing group of friends find the ring, but run into trouble as a devious trap secretly laid in the background snaps shut and threatens their lives. Their only chance for survival lies in a new, untested weapon.
The huge reward for a stolen painting on Capella III attracts bounty hunters and treasure-seekers from all across the galaxy, but it takes a pair of cruel cops joining the quest for death to mysteriously appear.