In Polar City - the capital of Hagar, one of the planets in the forlorn Star Republic - a human-dominated entity is caught in the power politics between the enormous Interstellar Confederation and the Coreward Alliance. The leaders of these entities keep their alien eyes on the Republic in the hopes of one day adding its territory to theirs. When an alien member of the Confederation is found murdered in Hagar's public square, the situation turns dangerous fast. To solve the case, Police Chief Al Bates must depend on an unlikely ally, cashiered Navy officer Bobbie Lacey, the only sapient on planet who knows what goes on in the ghettos and underworlds of Polar City.
James Patrick Cronin gives a straightforward performance of the science fiction novel Polar City Blues by Katharine Kerr. His clear voice is well suited to the descriptive prose. Polar City, which has a seedy underbelly, is the capital of a planet called Hagar. Humans and aliens coexist, but there are politics at play between the Interstellar Confederation and the Coreward Alliance. The conflict ramps up when a Confederation alien is found dead in a public place. Enter police chief Al Bates, who must race to solve the case with the help of navy officer Bobbie Lacey.
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