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NIGHT OF MASKS
Night of Masks - a novel from 1964 by Andre Norton. This is one of several that begin in the Dipple on Korwar. Here's the flap-copy from the first hardcover, which gives a reasonable summary or set-up:
To Nik Kolherne, no price seemed too high to pay for cosmetic surgery on his hideously disfigured face - a deformity that otherwise would keep him forever in the Dipple, a sordid settlement lor those dispossessed in interplanetary wars. All he was asked to do was lure a small boy, Vandy, from tlie high-security villa where his warlord father had hidden him and hold him until he revealed information the Thieves' Guild wanted.
The plan went smoothly, and Nik and Vandy were shipped off to Dis, a burned-out planet inhabited only by outlaws. But once there, Nik found that he and Vandy were prisoners and Vandy's life was threatened. In their nightmare flight to escape, during which Nik was driven almost to the edge of sanity, he came to realize at last that a man's worth is determined by his actions, not his face.