This is a science fiction military murder mystery. (uh boy)
In the middle of welcoming the alien ambassador, Josephine "Joey" Terifino, a former fighter pilot now in charge of security for Harmony Station, learns that the station's telepath, Galee Inne, is dead. She must investigate the murder of a man who was her friend as well as a key part of the controversial peace talks between humanity and the aliens without offending her rigidly controlling commander, Patricia Cruzfield.
(ok, I’m hooked, this is good)
Joey orders security tightened for the talks and searches the quarters of everyone who came in contact with Galee and could have administered the slow-release poison that killed him. This brings protests from the station's civilian residents, the mercurial spaceborn, and a visit from their politik India Langsford Carolay, but gives her no leads. Joey begins looking for personal, instead of political, motives for Galee's murder. In the meantime Galee's replacement, Siebel Nix, arrives on station and begins demanding results on the case. Norman Deserae, the station's second telepath, claims that a spaceborn named Cantebur is
threatening him. And the alien ambassador warns Joey that failure to resolve the murder may destroy the peace talks.
Then Joey finds an encrypted file that suggests Galee was trying to found a telepath-only colony with the help of a spaceborn. After a fight with Siebel she questions Norman and confirms her suspicions, but decides not to inform Patricia. She detains a spaceborn named Trevor May Cantebur in the aftermath of a bar fight turned riot and realizes he is Galee's contact, but is distracted when a sniper shoots at her. The sniper escapes. India convinces Joey to release Trevor.
The next morning an agent from Section Seven, the corrupt internal investigations arm of the military, arrives. The agent, Annette Barker, has Siebel read Joey's mind, revealing the existence of Galee's conspiracy. Annette convinces Siebel to illegally read the minds of the
spaceborn and then convinces Patricia that his subsequent mugging is a sufficient excuse to raid the spaceborn and arrest Trevor. Joey, warned by India that the spaceborn are on the edge of rioting, refuses Patricia's orders; Annette leads the raid instead. Norman reads Trevor's
mind and claims that he is Galee's murderer. Joey is suspended from duty. The spaceborn lock themselves in their section of the station and refuse to work, cutting the station's supply lines.
Joey, convinced that Trevor is innocent, realizes that Norman is a Section Seven agent and that Annette is trying to set up the spaceborn to take the blame. She confronts Annette and after a brief struggle for power has Norman arrested. Siebel confirms that Norman killed Galee and
tried to kill Joey. Joey and India attempt to talk the spaceborn down but are unsuccessful until the alien ambassador assists them.
Under pressure from Joey, Annette admits that Section Seven set Normanup as a double agent and supplied him with deadly weapons despite his mental instability, but says Section Seven will not be mentioned in Norman's trial. The peace talks conclude successfully and Joey receivespersonal thanks from the ambassador.
What you have here is a mystery set in space. What I like about this synopis is that it doesn’t over explain the world but it gives me enough info for context and connections among the characters and events.
This is good.