Usually my pet human, Ed Hoornaert (aka Mr. V) lets me choose the book I steal a snippet from. Not this week. He wants me to highlight The Trial of Tompa Lee because he has a nibble, a teensy little maybe of a nibble, to produce it for television.*
Big effing deal. A fish nibble? Hooray! A TV nibble? Yuck, because TVs taste terrible. I’ve tried them.
Although I will say that flat screen models make good scratching posts.
Visiting the intensive care unit of the Vance’s infirmary always rubbed the scabs off painful memories. Beyond even that, though, Dante Roussel hated the reason for this visit. Unpleasant tasks were the essence of a policeman’s job, of course; he’d known that when he accepted the demotion to Military Discipline nine years ago. But the job kept getting harder, rather than easier.
Dante took a deep breath and assumed the erect posture he expected of himself as the head of ship security. He stepped to the open door of the ICU.
There she was. Naked.
“Well, Tompa Lee,” he whispered, “we meet at last.”
* This is Effing Feline again. The nibble happened because a former classmate and fan is friends with a producer up in Canada; she talked him into looking at the books. Don’t get your hopes up, because these nibbles rarely produce edibles. You’re much better off spending your time checking out the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.
- The Trial of Tompa Lee
(It’s free, so you can’t possibly go wrong!)
- The Tribulations of Tompa Lee
- The Triumph of Tompa Lee
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Only her enemies can save her from alien injustice.
Tompa Lee is a homeless ‘street meat’ who has clawed her way up to the bottom-most rung of the Space Navy . . . but her dream job plummets into a nightmare when she’s framed for mass murder on an alien planet.
Dante Roussel is the Navy policemen who surrenders Tompa to the Shons . . . but he is horrified to learn that their justice requires trial-by-combat, so Tompa must conquer three hundred accusers.
Awmit is an old, lower-class Shon who is the sole witness to Tompa’s innocence . . . but to prove it, he must find the valor and the strength to fight to the death at her side.
AN UNFAIR TRIAL
Can Tompa learn to trust and love not only a member of the alien race that wants to slaughter her . . . but also the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice?