Back Cover Description:
Jack Jackson – just “Jax” to his friends, if he had any – finds his life turned upside-down when a small, domed neighborhood on the fourth planet orbiting Barnard’s Star loses life support on his watch. Just a lowly operator, Jax is accused of mass homicide, arrested, and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.
His only ally is Stanford Runstom, an officer of Modern Policing and Peacekeeping. Runstom is a detective at heart, passed over for promotion time and time again, just waiting for a chance to blow open a meaningful case and make something of his career and his life, even if it means risking everything.
Together, the two will try to exonerate Jax by finding the real killer, still at large and protected by layer upon layer of obscurity. They’ll face off against space gangs, greedy politicians, and corrupt cops along the road that takes them off the planet Jax has never left before in his life and into the depths of space.
Acknowledgments from Unexpected Rain:
First off, let me give a huge thank you to the folks over at Harper Voyager for their mission to bring sci-fi and fantasy literature to the world. It has been a real pleasure working with you all.
I’d like to thank all the people who have supported my writing in one way or another over the years. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) helped me take a big leap forward, and I thank the NaNoWriMo organizers and community. We have so many great writer communities and organizations in Oregon and I want to thank all of them for their writing workshops, lectures, panels, networking functions, and other opportunities, especially the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA), Willamette Writers, the Wordstock Festival, Literary Arts of Oregon, and OryCon (which is a sci-fi convention but I include for their obvious dedication and support of the written word and authors).
I also want to thank the dedicated folks at Indigo Editing, not only for the editing support they have provided me, but also for the wide variety of workshops they offer as well as the always fun Sledgehammer Writing Contest they hold annually.
I participated in many critique groups over the years and I’d like to thank all the participants, including the LitReactor community, Writers Determined to Finish, the People’s Ink, and last but never least, Writers With No Name: Wes and Brian, thank you so much for the support, the teachings, and the beatings over the years. You guys are the best.
Cynthia: Thank you for always keeping my doors and my mind open, throughout my whole life. You believed I could do anything as I jumped from one creative endeavour to the next. Thank you for everything, Mom – including valuable feedback on this very book!
Jennifer: I know that I found the best possible life partner, because your support never comes as an obligation, it always comes as pure enthusiasm. I can’t believe all the ways you have kept me going: pull-no-punches critiques, design and marketing work, planning and management, and all the trillions of moments of nothing but love, like the time you built me a trophy for completing NaNoWriMo the first time. Our partnership has enabled me to pursue my dreams without hindrance, and the best part is that I know I don’t need to thank you, because we dream together. But I thank you anyway, because this book is as much yours as it is mine. I am so lucky.