He was a cunning, ruthless opportunist who paid when he had to and stole when he could - but never when there was the slightest chance of getting caught. That's what had John Grimes worried: Here was Kane directly under the watchful eyes - and guns - of a Federation Survey vessel, openly engaging in kidnapping and trafficking in human flesh!
Despite the fact that the beautiful inhabitants of this Lost Colony faced a fate worse than death, a more cautious - or less gallant - officer would do nothing - secure in the knowledge that regardless of appearances there would be some loophole that placed the Law squarely on Kane's side. But Grimes, being Grimes, would have to act - knowing full well that to "interfere with a merchantmen on her lawful occasions" meant a blasted career...and knowing too that Drongo Kane never broke the law....
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A Lost Colony with human sized CATS
Shows what can happen to explorers when they have accidents that destroy part of what is needed to survive.
When Maggie enters Grimes' cabin after a episode with two of the survivoring women (CATS).
Inflection of his voice while reading that puts you right into the story.
Book 6 (1972) of John Grimes' career. Suggested reading of 'Grimes Among the Gourmets' (1978) between Book 5 'Spartan Planet' and this one.