Danielle Lowen is back on Earth after her entirely too exciting adventure on board the Colonial Union's diplomatic ship, the Clarke. Unfortunately, she's not done with events on the Clarke; she's still looking for an answer to the question of why an apparently ordinary Brazilian diplomat decided to kill a colleague and attempt to frame the Colonial Union.
Her investigation on Earth is supposed to start with the very routine step of talking to the Brazilian Ambassador and getting background information on the now-dead killer, Luiza Carvalho. Instead, it starts with a real blast as the Brazilian consulate where she is supposed to meet the Ambassador blows up while she's across the street getting a bagel.
This is a short, the twelfth of thirteen episodes in John Scalzi's serial novel, The Human Division. Lowen learns some creepy but possibly essential information, delivered by an apparent turncoat from whoever, or whatever, might be behind the conspiracy that seems to be plaguing diplomatic relations among Earth, the Colonial Union, and the Conclave. Plotting, characterization, and a clever sense of humor even in grim moments, all Scalzi trademarks, are all here. And it would be a disservice to say anything more.
I bought this one.