Andrei Koscuisko is an Inquisitor for the Bench federation of worlds. It is his duty to root out - quickly, efficiently, quietly - anyone who would threaten the ruling order.
Andrei has been posted to the penal facility at Port Rudistal. Here hundreds of prisoners - traitors who dared dream of freedom and self-rule - await interrogation. They know an Inquisitor's judgment is firm and unassailable. Yet there is a line that even he may not cross.
Although an Inquisitor is not supposed to feel outrage, weakness or pity, Andrei is, above all, a man of honor. And now he must risk his career - and perhaps his life - exposing the truth that lies behind the black walls of Domitt Prison.
A riveting novel of one man's courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Prisoner of Conscience again showcases one of the most promising voices in contemporary science fiction.
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Disturbing but brilliantly written
Matthews was ahead of our time -- given some of the events in the past couple of decades -- in tackling the subject of torture.
As in the previous book, still Andrej, the most conflicted of characters.
His voice; just an amazing voice.
It's a bit long for one sitting; the two part format is good.
Susan Matthews is clearly a very gifted writer.
- Bierta Barfod