Bench Intelligence Specialist Garol Vogel is one of an elite few chartered by the Bench to uphold the rule of Law by any means he sees fit, to rewrite policy, assassinate corrupt officials, and topple planetary governments at his discretion.
His most treasured achievement was the amnesty he brokered for the Langsarik rebels. But someone is raiding depot stations in the Shawl of Rikavie around Port Charid, torturing and murdering with unprecedented savagery. Vogel knows the Langsariks are innocent, but who could be to blame, and how can he prevent a Judicial crime of horrific proportions?
Garol Vogel finds the answer on the wrong side of the Judicial order he’s served faithfully all his life, and once he sets foot on a path of subversion and sabotage there will be no going back for him, forever.
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A chilling and engaging novel of false accusation and the power of personal responsibility.
The structure of Angel of Destruction is part mystery, part thriller. The reader knows early on who’s responsible for the raids…but the suspense comes from Vogel’s need to put the pieces together and uncover the real culprits in time to save the Langsariks. Matthews...has a gift for evoking empathy…[and] has a deft and subtle touch with political implications…Family loyalty, ethics against duty, secret conspiracies, politics, honour, characterization: Angel of Destruction hits so many of my narrative kinks it’s not even funny.
-Liz Bourke, columnist for Tor.com