The Stainless Steel Rat Returns

By Harry Harrison

After a ten-year absence, the go back of 1 of the main enduring sequence characters in smooth SF

James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz, exact Corps agent, grasp con guy, interstellar legal (retired), resides excessive at the hog on the earth of Moolaplenty whilst a long-lost cousin and a shipful of swine arrive to empty his checking account and ship him and his wonderful spouse, Angelina, wandering the celebs at the wildest trip given that Gulliver's Travels.

In this darkly satiric paintings, Harry Harrison carry his most famed personality out of retirement for a grand journey of the galaxy. the stainless-steel Rat rides back: a cocktail in his hand, a grin on his lips, and larceny in his center, looking for event, gravitons, and how to put off the pigs.

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