By Philip Palmer
Artemis McIvor is a thief, a con-artist, and a stone chilly killer. And she's been on a crime-spree for, good, for years. The galactic govt has collapsed and the universe was once hers for the taking.
But whilst the law enforcement officials ultimately meet up with her, they provide Artemis a decision. endure in felony for the remainder of her very lengthy existence, or subscribe to a workforce of criminals, murderers, and traitors on a determined challenge to save lots of humanity opposed to an all-consuming threat.
Now, Artemis has to determine the best way to be a great man with out forgetting who she quite is.
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