ANGELMASS by Timothy Zahn - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOK
Angelmass, a black hole deep in space, emits "angels," small
particles that render humans calm, reasonable, and virtually incapable
of lying. The Empyrean, human colonies in the far reaches of the galaxy,
has discovered the angels and the power they wield. All members of
Empyrean government must carry an angel.
The Earth-based Empire,
the Pax, view the angels as an alien plot to subvert humanity. They
dispatch Jereko Kosta, an innocent academic, to spy on the Empyrean and
find out the truth about angels. With Chandris, a grifter who dogs his
steps, he enlists on an "angel-hunting" ship. Close up, Kostas learns
the angels may be more dangerous than the Pax fear.
Before he can
react, the Pax dispatches their most powerful warship to confront the
Empyrean. Now, Kosta and Chandris, among the few who know the truth
about the angels, stand between the Empyrean, the Pax, and war.