I am reading an ARC of David Drake's The Road of Danger (Science Fiction/Space Opera). Here is the opening paragraph:
"Captain Daniel Leary whistled cheerfully as he and Adele Munday turned form Dock Street onto Harbor Esplanade, walking for the Princess Cecile's berth toward the three-story pile of Macotta Regional headquarters. Daniel had every right to be cheerful; he and his crew had brought the Sissie from Zenobia to Cinnabar in seventeen standard days, a run which would have stretched a dedicated courier vessel. They had then - with the necessary orders and authorizations - made the run from Cinnabar to Kronstadt in eleven more days."
Here is what Goodreads has to say about The Road of Danger:
Captain Daniel Leary with his friend–and spy–Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights.
With anarchy and rebellion in the air, a rogue intelligence officer plots the war that will destroy civilization and enlists the help of a brute whom even torturers couldn't stomach.
And, of course, it’s up to Leary and Mundy to put a stop to the madness.