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by Lois McMaster Bujold



Miles Vorkosigan is back! Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove--he's been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp--an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future-attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter Miles to check it out.

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...Northbridge businessman right down to the hakama-like trousers, except that his wide-sleeved haori coat hung open, and he looked as squinty-eyed and tired as the lieutenant. "What, Trev?" "Look at this! A letter from Lord Vorkosigan--he's free!" The second man looked over his shoulder, and echoed, "Thank God! But why didn't he call in?" Then, after a moment more, "What? What? " The lieutenant turned the letter over and they both read on. "Is he insane?" The older man cast Jin a very narrow look, stirring up all Jin's worst fears. Policemen loomed in his imagination. "Is this real?" the older man demanded. Jin bent, picked up the fallen envelope, and held it out mutely. He swallowed and managed, "He said you'd like the thumbprint. He said it would be just like his grandfather's seal." "Is that blood ?" "Um, yah . . . ?" The older man handed the envelope to the lieutenant. "Take that downstairs and check it." "Yes, sir." Trev-san disappeared through the doorway at the back of the hall....



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