The second novel in the Alex Benedict series from the Nebula and Campbell award-winning author.
Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship.
Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts. But then an explosion destroys most of the collection, convincing Alex that drastic measures are being taken to hide what happened aboard the Polaris - which is why that's exactly what he has to find out, especially if it means risking his life.
The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke - Stephen King
Another highly intelligent, absorbing portrayal of the far future from a leading creator of such tales - Booklist
Combines hard science fiction with mystery and adventure in a wild tour of the distant future. Stellar plotting, engaging characters, and a mastery of storytelling - Library Journal (starred review)