Roc, July 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
In the far distant future, mankind has treaties with at least fifty alien species because Earth and her colonies want to trade with them, humanity is subject to their laws. If a person has run afoul of an alien species and doesn't want to be held accountable under alien law, they disappear. Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, based in the Armstrong Dome on the moon, searches for the Disappeared for matters they left unfinished but don't hand them in to the law.
People, agencies and governments hire trackers to find the disappeared and hand them over the proper authorities. Tracker Miran Oliviari has come to the Moon Marathon run outside the dome to see if she can find Frieda Tey in her new identity as a business entrepreneur. She is wanted for the murder for the killing of many people in a scientific experiment gone awry. Before the Tracker can confront her prey, police detective Noelle Ricci investigates the murder of a marathon runner that Oliviari believes was Tey. Flint comes into the scenario when a client hires him to find Tey; a job that almost gets him killed when he figures out who she really is and where she is going.
Unlike the first book in this series, THE DISAPPEARED, there are no aliens residing on the pages of this novel. This is a medical thriller police procedural set in the future with humans judging their own. The antagonist of Extremes uses smoke and mirrors to conduct an illegal and unethical scientific experiment and in the confession, disappears. Only one person will find her and the person who blinks first will die.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner