Miro Hetzel is a special breed of investigator—an Effectuator, one who goes beyond mere fact-finding to produce changes in process and result, sometimes at the point of a gun.
Sir Ivon Hacaway, facing cutthroat pricing from a new competitor in the field of miniaturized electronics, employs Hetzel to determine the identity and methods of a commercial threat. On the trail, Miro is led to the hazardous planet Maz and the welcoming arms of the Dogtown Tourist Agency. Maz is the hub of uniquely overlapping sovereignties, where the interests of the alien Liss and Olefract intersect with those of mankind. The nature of Maz's heavily armed and easily annoyed native population—the warlike Gomaz—makes industrial pursuits on the planet improbable, a circumstance which puzzles Hetzel, whose investigations, close shaves, and discoveries make for an exciting yarn.
In Freitzke's Turn, Hetzel accepts a commission to recover purloined bits of anatomy belonging to client Conwit Clent. Clent is confident that the thief of his body parts is a certain Faurence Dacre—a schoolhood chum of Miro's, and now a surgeon of near-celebrity status. Dacre, it is revealed, has an unfortunate habit of reinforcing his self-esteem at the expense of others. Hetzel's pursuit leads us on a convoluted chase, and a resolution which involves a surprising twist of medical revenge.
All in a day's work for our self-effacing James Bond of several centuries in the future—Miro Hetzel, the Galactic Effectuator!
Cover art by Jared Pullen
About the Author
California native Jack Vance (1916-2013) was one of the greats of science fiction. He was the author of dozens of sci-fi books and fantasy novels, including the popular Lyonesse and Dying Earth series and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning book The Last Castle. In 1997, he was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He died in Oakland, California.