And don't we love her for it. Fifth in an ongoing series of military science fiction novels about kristine longknife, far future heroine, and her trusted sidekicks, battling the enemies of her family from world to world. Although this book almost stands on it's own the number of references to past events and the like do mean you'd be better off starting with the beginning of the series.
but those who have followed it so far will not be disappointed. Kris and her associates are sent to an old colonial planet seemingly for routine negotiations, but actually because there are bad things going on there. They investigate things, one member of the cast of characters giving away some hitherto unrevealed information about their past in the process, and a satisfying action finale results.
These books are good and readable because they have good prose and strong characterisation, and kris is not a perfect character, but one whom it's very easy to relate to and like. She'll be back next year in kris longknife: intrepid, the memorable final scenes of this setting up a new direction for the character. And I look forward to it.