Try out Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh. That and another of her novels, Cyteen both won the Hugo for best novel. Now I don't pay much attention to awards, just mentioning it so you know it's not junk.
Now my personal favorites of Cherryh's are The Pride of Chanur and the Heavy Time/Hellburner duology.
oops, just checked Fictionwise and apparently only Downbelow Station and The Pride of Chanur are available.
Last edited by wayspooled; 01-18-2009 at 08:54 PM.