The Disappeared explores the nuances of conflict between human and alien cultures. Three desperate humans have employed a disappearance service because separately they have unwittingly violated alien taboos. Many before them have done the same, but now all in hiding are in jeopardy as the files of Disappearance Inc are being sold to bounty hunters eager to bring these humans to what they consider justice and receive large amounts of money as a reward.
Flint is a detective on the moon who suddenly has to deal with three separate alien cultures demanding the return of escaped humans they claim are criminals in the eyes of their laws: a child who will pay for his mother's transgression on unknown sacred ground, a female lawyer who now faces hard labor in an alien penal colony for winning her alien client's defense, and a human infant at risk to be turned into an alien creature because his father didn't understand their building codes.
And these three cases are only the beginning as the new owners of Disappeared, Inc. begin to sell off the list of fugitive humans.
An intriguing story that talks about justice, moral right, and the differences in human and other alien's law from several perspectives.
I look forward to reading more in the series.