Tor, Nov 2004, 23.95, 272 pp.
Archonate Bureau of Security Agent Baro Harkless is a rookie. Baro believes he must prove to his superiors, his peers and more so to himself that he earned the job on his own merit and not his father's reputation. He sees his opportunity when notorious con artist Luff Imbry arrives in Sherit.
Baro arrests Luff the but the rookie agent is shocked when his boss Arboghast liberates the felon and assigns him as a partner to Baro in an effort to find evidence to bust master criminal Horselan Gebbling, the Old Earth's greatest conman. Gebbling insists he has the elixir to cure the wealthy of Lassitude, a new disease. However, to obtain the cure, one must buy passage on a cruise sponsored by Gebbling.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner