When you’re running from an interstellar crime lord, what better place could you find to hide than a maximum-security prison orbiting a black hole? Emily Van Lars, a.k.a The Engineer, the galaxy’s most famous thief, thought The Trench was the perfect hideaway after Kaiser Turpin murdered her partner when she refused to take his proffered contract.
With her cover blown and Turpin threatening to take apart her life—one friend or former lover at a time—Emily is forced to escape prison and race across space in the company of a mercenary who thinks a bullet will solve every problem. Adding a psychopath and a cypher to her motley crew wasn’t the best plan she ever made, but desperation forces hard choices. She would need every ally she could muster to beat Turpin at his own game and take on The Venusian Job.