Star Trek
The Case of the Colonist's Corpse

Authors: Bob Ingersoll and Tony Isabella
Pocket Books
RRP 5.99, US $6.95, Cdn $10.50

ISBN 0 7434 6497 4
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The planet Aneher II sits in the middle of the Neutral Zone, and neither the Klingon Empire nor the Federation can claim it. Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, any such contested colony would will go to the party - Federation or Klingon - which shows it can best develop the planet...

The Case of the Colonist's Corpse begins with the two colonies (Klingons and Federation) attempting to live together without war breaking out. As you can probably imagine, this peace doesn't last very long. In fact it ends rather abruptly when the head of the Federation colony is found dead. And as the head of the Klingon colony is found crouched over the body, a discharged phaser still hot in his hand, it would seems to be an open and shut case.

Step forward Sam Cogley, who previously represented Captain James T Kirk as he faced the threat of court-martial, and now volunteers to defend the accused Klingon. But when Cogley's own investigation provides the prosecution with its key piece of evidence and his courtroom tactics unexpectedly backfire, can even the galaxy's most brilliant defence attorney win the day? Er... I think you know how this plays out.

It's not that this is poorly written, or clichéd (though it is clichéd). It's just that this is so not a Trek book. It has Trek on the cover, Klingons and Federation in the story and... well that's it really. They might as well have rewritten any old courtroom drama and changed the characters names to Trek related ones... Oh, hang on a second... they have.

Having said that, I did find this book fairly entertaining, I just felt a little misled. Even die-hard Trek fans who will buy anything that is even remotely Trek related, may want to question the point in purchasing this.

Nick Smithson

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