Random House has published an excerpt from Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's upcoming novel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The excerpt covers part of the first chapter and opens thusly:
?Sakiyan freighter Far Ranger requesting clearance for departure.?
I-Five?s mimicry of Tuden Sal?s gruff voice was flawless. No one listening?or, more to the point, no vocal analyzer scanning?would know that, in reality, the Sakiyan merchant was sitting in a safe house somewhere in the twilight warren near the Westport, plotting infamy against the Empire. No one, that was, except for the Far Ranger?s crew and her lone passenger.
Jax Pavan, his hands on the Far Ranger?s steering yoke, realized he was holding his breath as he waited for the Westport flight dispatcher to approve their departure plan. He let his tension go with a soft rush of air and ignored the urge to reach out with the Force to give the dispatcher a nudge. It was tempting, but best not to take the chance. Even something as minor as that could alert Darth Vader to their movements . . . if Vader was, against all odds, still alive.
Click through to Random House's product page to read the rest of the excerpt. The Last Jedi will be released on February 26, 2013. As an addendum, it should be noted that this book is no longer part of the Coruscant Nights series (which is back to being a trilogy) -- it's now a standalone followup to the series.