Sequel to The Dark Edge
Eddon, Vail and Beano are on their way back to the Centre from
planet P-19. The spacecraft that has come to collect them is piloted
by Crissom Powl, a strangely rational,
emotionless character, obsessed with logi-games. A gang of 'marauders'
who call them selves the Curs of Space board and hijack
the craft, flying it to their home base on Abson's Asteroid.
The inhabitable part of the asteroid is an artificially sealed
and pressurised valley, called the Kennel. The Curs, all male,
live a brutal kind of existence, governed by aggression and raw
power. Their Top Dog is the Max,
a vicious adrenalin freak.
The novel begins as Vail is woken from cryo-sleep by one of the
Curs. She's saved from pack-attack only because the Curs are distracted
by the discovery of the latest victim of a serial killer. As with
previous victims, the murder has been carried out in a ritualistic,
geometrical manner. Vail offers her services as detective, if
the Max will guarantee to keep the Curs from her. The Max gives
her seven days to solve the killings.
Eddon meanwhile remains in cryo-sleep. The Max has other plans
for him -- but he's not saying what. Vail moves in with Beano
and Crissom, sharing their den in a far-flung corner of the Kennel.
The investigation involves the use of amazing psychic techniques
such as psi-singing and 'mind-burgling'.
But the murderer manages to claim further victims. Vail's deadline
approaches; and a different kind of deadline also approaches for
At the same time, more and more spacecraft are flying towards
the Centre, fleeing fron the ever-multiplying
webs of the Anti-Human around the edges of the Galaxy. The
Curs trap and capture one craft carrying refugees. The sole survivor
is the voluptuous Lassinda Lusk,
who becomes a new focus for the Curs' brutal lusts.
Volume Two in the Eddon and Vail series, published
by Pan Macmillan, August 1998
The climax is typical Harland: a huge rolling pile-up of action
and revelation. Who is the serial killer? Why does he murder so
strangely? What is Crissom Powl's real nature? And how will the
sexual tangle between Vail, Eddon, Beano and Lassinda be resolved?
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