The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
I actually finished this a couple days ago, I just hadn't gotten around to posting it! Working the morning show and being half-consious will do that to a person
Anyway, this is a completely new author/series for me. It's by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (she spells Kathryn right!) and I stumbled across it at Borders a few weeks ago and it looked interesting so I picked it up. It's the first in the "Retrieval Artists" series so I now have a whole 'nother bunch of books to read. Always a good thing. The premise is that there is a kind of witness protection program for humans who are trying to escape from alien cops/bounty hunters. There's a number of companies that do the "disappearing" and something odd is going on with one company in particular. The catch is that it's technically illegal to disappear because the interspecies laws say that the aliens have a right to these people. I'm not going to say any more because that's going to give away major plot points!
Just the procedural aspects of the legal system are quite fascinating. And I quite enjoyed the characters too! It had me interested from the first chapter and that always makes me happy. I like when a book can engage me right away like that.