Readers know Luff Imbry from many of Matthew Hughes’ earlier novels. For the first time, Imbry is placed front and center in a novel dedicated exclusively to him. Luff Imbry is an insidiously clever confidence man who always maintains the upper hand in his criminal dealings. But when an unknown business rival gets the drop on him and plumps him down on Fulda — a far-off, isolated world — Imbry learns just how exceptional he is. Unable to blend in and furious for revenge at an anonymous perpetrator, Imbry has to rely on his infamous criminal wit to survive Fulda’s crusade to extinguish the Other.