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The Crown Jewels


Peleng is a planet ripe for the plucking, and Drake Maijstral is an Allowed Burglar rated in the Top Ten by the Imperial Sporting Commission. But what should be a simple case of breaking-and-plundering turns into an intergalactic crisis when Maijstral steals something so rare, so valuable, so utterly desirable, that everyone wants it— everyone including well-armed Imperial spies, gun-toting human militias, a homicidal maniac with a very large sword, and a fanatical countess with a really, really nasty croquet habit.

The Crown Jewels, by award-winning author Walter Jon Williams, is sophisticated science fiction comedy at its best.

Cover Art by Gaetan Leprince



This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, 1987

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-162-7

Copyright 1987, 2011 by Walter Jon Williams

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books
http://www.baen.com


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