Zira once had a life. A girlfriend. A favorite bar. A hairstyle. And a secret. But when her father sells her out as a Reader, she has to leave every part of that old life behind. Now she’s forced to work for law enforcement, reading and erasing memories of those who violate the Golden Nova’s few and corruptly enforced laws. She’s hated and feared by everyone who would prefer to keep their memories private and intact. The only thing making her new life bearable is her working partner, Bea, her service dog who has the ability to shut out all the thoughts of the people around her.
When Zira makes the decision to omit a memory from a report to protect a stranger, it arouses suspicion. Suddenly she’s in trouble at work, and a vindictive casino boss and the queen of a massive drug empire are vying to get her under their control. Caught between three corrupt factions and the vacuum of space, can Zira keep her loved ones safe, and be able to live with herself in the end?
And here’s the badass cover, illustrated by Vitalii Ostaschenko!
Buy it: Dancing Star Press
Leigh Harlen is a queer, trans non-binary writer of horror and other dark speculative fiction who lives and works in Seattle. Their debut novella, Queens of Noise (Neon Hemlock Press), and their short fiction collection, Blood Like Garnets (TKO Studios), are available everywhere books are sold.
You can find links to their work at leighharlen.com and follow them on Twitter @LeighHarlen for updates on future publications.