A standalone novel in the Imperium Cicernus Universe
The Imperium is our species’ greatest achievement…
…and it’s dying.
The very institution that ties us together, keeps us safe from the Grays, is teetering on the brink. The great senatorial families vie for dwindling scraps, using every trick in their arsenal to gain advantage.
Inspector Paul Grimm’s best friend has been framed for a murder that, technically, he did commit. Paul must follow the trail before it goes cold to find out who’s behind this latest attack on the powerful Nathaniel family.
To clear his friend’s name, Paul heads out to the Rim where Imperial colonies sit uncomfortably close to territory claimed by the Gray Quorum. In his desperate race to unravel the plot, he’s pulled into a web of intrigue along with Colonel Julia Urbica of the Imperial Marines. Julia’s local, irregular troops prefer to enforce the Emperor’s peace by finding trouble before it finds them and they adopt Paul’s task for reasons of their own.
Events escalate at every step, and Paul’s mission to help a friend is dwarfed by a threat to the very fabric of Imperial life. He must walk the knife’s edge between peace and outright war with an advanced alien species.
But then, perhaps war is just what the Imperium needs. The current peace has a stench of decay about it.