Series John Grimes
Illustrator Ken W. Kelly
Author A. Bertram Chandler
Year 1983 (first published 1979)
John Grimes, owner of the deep space pinnace Little Sister, could not afford to be fussy about whom he carried. But there were compensations, for if his ship had not been chartered to take Fenella Pruin, muckraking reporter, to exclusive New Venusberg he would never have been able to visit that fabulous pleasure planet.
But there was to be little pleasure in it for him. Among the visitors was a Shaara princess who owed him vengeance. The planet’s authorities were after Fenella’s blood to prevent her snooping. Had it not been for the boomerang throwing abilities of two sexy dancers from New Alice, the spaceman and the journalist would have been sacrificed to make a Roman holiday. The spectator sports of the very rich and very depraved involve a high mortality rate among the players….
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