In my 23rd century 87,000 word science fiction novel Crystal Clear Motivation, crime and love must be reconciled when the accused criminal is the investigator’s ex-fiancé.
In one horrifying moment, Earth/Luna shuttle co-pilot Zaci Lukman discovers that Commander Isaac Fredericks, whom she thought of as a friend, has sabotaged the shuttle and taken Zaci hostage. Why? She doesn't know, but when it becomes clear she survived the shuttle crash, authorities will assume she's involved. Now, her first task is to escape Fredericks, and she's forced to kill him to do so, but her fight for freedom and answers has just begun.
Ten years before, Zaci panicked at her impending marriage, and left her fiancée Foster Ryton without a goodbye. Now she knows that Ryton will receive the assignment to apprehend her.
Desperate to find answers before Ryton finds her, Zaci struggles through Oregon wilderness, and discovers frightening facts about the conspiracy Fredericks and his associates were involved in. They'd created and programmed forty-two Lukman clones to infiltrate and bring down the Norwest Territory Confederation's Government. Zaci's battle finds her facing an eerie task, that of terminating her own clones.
Ryton, teamed with elite CME En-Anh, tracks Zaci, his mission complicated, but not compromised, by their unresolved love.
Starting at opposite sides of both a crime and a continent, and struggling to prevent the catastrophic downfall of a government vital to post-Chaos War stability, Zaci and Ryton eventually confront each other and their differences in a remote Oregon cemetery surrounded by more than merely the interred dead. Together, they capture or kill, most of the clones. The few that escape are a problem for the future.
I am a 2004 winner of the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.