The Occasional Diamond Thief by Mclachlan, J AThe Occasional Diamond Thief by Mclachlan, J A

The Occasional Diamond Thief

byMclachlan, J A

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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On his deathbed, Kia's father discloses a secret to her alone: a magnificent and unique diamond he has been hiding for years. Fearing he stole it, she too keeps it secret. She learns it comes from the distant colonized planet of Malem, where her father caught the illness that eventually killed him. Now she is even more convinced he stole it, as it is illegal for any off-worlder to possess a Malemese diamond. When 16-yr-old Kia is training to be a translator, she is co-opted by a series of events into travelling as a translator to Malem. Using her skill in languages ? and another skill she picked up after her father?s death, the skill of picking locks - she unravels the secret of the mysterious gem and learns what she must do to set things right: return the diamond to its original owner. But how will she find out who that is when no one can know that she, an off-worlder, has a Malemese diamond? And how can she bear to part with this last link to her father? Kia is quirky, with an ironic sense of humour and a loner. Her sidekick, Agatha, is hopeless in languages and naive to the point of idiocy in Kia's opinion, but possesses the wisdom and compassion Kia needs.
J. A. McLachlan is a former college professor who lives in Waterloo, Ontario. She is the author of Walls of Wind, a short story collection Connections: Parables for Today and two College textbooks on Professional Ethics.
Title:The Occasional Diamond ThiefFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new Sci-fi series! There is a new heroine on the scene and her name is Kia Ugiagbe. Smart, funny and tough, she is offset perfectly with her unlikely partner the Select Agatha, who is wise, forgiving and has the patience of a saint. Kia is a student translator. Sent by the religious Order of Universal Benevolence, she and Agatha of the O.U.B, travel to the planet Malem, where Kia’s only duty is to translate for the language challenged Agatha. But Kia has her own secret for going. She is in possession of a rare Malemese diamond given to her by her father on his deathbed whose illness stemmed from visit to the planet many years before. The problem is that the diamond had to have been stolen, as it is illegal for any off-worlder to own one. Kia is determined to discover both the diamond and her father’s story, but can she do so without being found out? Then there is the dilemma of what to do about the diamond if or when she does. J.A. McLachlan is a superb writer. The face-paced, often intense storyline is peppered throughout with humour that will make you laugh in all the right places. This is a story can be enjoyed by all ages and not to be missed. A real page-turner and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-04-09

Editorial Reviews

"J. A. McLachlan is a terrific writer - wry and witty, with a keen eye for detail. I've been following her work with interest and delight since 2003. In a world where young-adult fiction is booming, The Occasional Diamond Thief propels McLachlan to the front of the pack."
Robert J. Sawyer