The shuttle pilot got them on course and checked to make sure that everyone was comfortable.
"Yes, thank you, Davis."
"No problem, Sarge." He threw a cocky salute and returned to the cockpit.
Alexi bought up the in-flight display. "A quick economic history lesson. The first wave of colonization on a lot of planets uses prefab, self-contained living units in the boom period between the initial colony ship landing and local industry getting to the point where it can support housing construction at the necessary rate. Over time these units are moved to undesirable plots of land on the main city periphery to make room for new construction, the price drops in favor of real housing, and they are eventually dismantled, demolished, or turn into slums.
"On New Kara, the situation was exacerbated by the rebellion, occupation, and liberation. The owner of the slum fell off the grid during the rebellion, and when they didn't resurface after the liberation, the government seized the slum via eminent domain. The only problem is, it's now occupied by thousands of squatters who will probably riot if anyone tries to throw them out and would be homeless if they were dispossessed of the only housing they can afford. Politically, there's no will to put in that much effort for that poor a result.
"While the politicians are busy pretending the problem doesn't exist, the slum is basically a semi-self-contained society housed in a multistory maze of prefab units stacked every which way and then creatively improved by the residents; we'll have to send a scouting team to get an accurate read on the area. I've got a lead on a couple of empty units near one edge that we can move into if you like, but we should probably come up with a better cover story than 'A bunch of mercenaries on a manhunt.'
"One side note: Colonial Intelligence informs me that they're re-opening the investigations on two other officer deaths in the past month. There was no reason to connect them at the time, but they're reviewing suspicious deaths now that they're aware that there may be an assassin on the loose. I'll let you know if anything turns up.