Orbiting Fortunes - A science fiction novel
Alan Mercier's life as a cop on Mars is a year and two hundred million kilometers behind him. After his partner was killed he was ready to let others do the good deeds, play the hero, and suffer the consequences. He was ready for the wild, lawless world of flying a space junker.
The toughest part isn't the flying: it's keeping the find away from other space junkers, and staying on the good side of the beautiful station manager, Kate. There are plenty of finds in orbit: some are duds, some extremely valuable, and some cause you more trouble than you can imagine.
It's the latter such find that leads Alan from orbit to a remote island in the Pacific, then halfway to Mars, and all the way back to facing what really drives him, even if it could get him killed.