Blood Orbit


Blood Orbit

Gattis File

K. R. Richardson

496 pp • ISBN: 978-1-63388-439-7
Trade Paperback •$18
May 2018

This science fiction police procedural pairs an idealistic rookie with an officer who uses cybernetic implants to process forensics; in solving a mass murder, they will uncover a vast conspiracy. Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis. A newcomer to the planet, Matheson is unaware of the danger he’s courting when he’s promoted in the field to assist the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet’s first cybernetically enhanced investigator. Coming from a despised ethnic underclass, the brilliant and secretive Dillal seems determined to unravel the crime regardless of the consequences. The deeper they dig, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. But in a system where the cops enforce corporate will, instead of the law, the solution could expose Gattis’s most shocking secrets and cost thousands of lives—including Matheson’s and Dillal’s.


“Crime-driven science fiction with crystal sharp writing on a large planetary canvas.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark between the Stars

“Richardson collides thrilling cop-noir and layered SF into a bloody, character-driven mystery. I’d call it ’Cyborg CSI,’ but that would be selling this clever novel short. Layered and intriguing, pick it up and decide for yourself!”
New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Golden