Post by Craig Herbertson on Jun 6, 2010 8:29:12 GMT
Jaro, a little child, comes home to find a man torturing his mother. He then obeys his mother's command to kill her in order to end her pain.
It's a tough start to a typical Vance adventure - the search for identity amidst mores and values of the great sink of the universe, interplanetary adventure, financial skullduggery and love. A compelling story with sympathetic characters and the usual verbal semantics we know and love.