Wrapt in Crystal by Sharon Shinn
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the breathtaking conclusion of her Samaria Trilogy in The Alleluia Files, Sharon Shinn, winner of the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, delivers a compelling new novel that is at once a murder mystery, a reflection on religion, and a bittersweet romance. When a serial killer begins stalking the priestesses of a planet's two religions, Interfed Agent Cowen Drake must immerse himself in an unfamiliar world of stark spirituality to catch the killer. A world that will trap him between opulence and sacrifice, duty and desire, and between two extraordinary women-one who could become the killer's ultimate victim...

The award-winning author of the Samaria Trilogy draws readers into a world of barren beauty and mystery, where religion lures an elusive killer...

"Shinn can make you see angels." -New York Review of Science Fiction

"The most promising and original writer of fantasy to come along since Robin McKinley." -Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn

"The spellbinding Ms. Shinn writes with elegant imagination and steely grace." -Romantic Times

About Sharon Shinn

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Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
Published May 1, 1999 by Ace Trade. 336 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even so, he finds himself drawn to both a Triumphante high priestess and a Fidele ""ermana."" A possible link between the deaths and the mysterious disappearance of a Triumphante woman five years ago hints at an off-world murderer.

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Interfed hopes that solving the murders will help convince Semay to join the federation, so Drake is under immediate pressure.

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