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Author(s): Bob Ingersoll and Tony Isabella
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TOS
Published: 30 December 2003
Pages: 273
Stardate: 4522.4 (2267)
Reference(s): ISBN 0743464974 (paperback)
ASIN B000FC0ZO4 (Kindle)

When Captain Kirk faced court-martial, he chose the best lawyer in the Federation - Samuel T. Cogley, a cranky old man who prefers books to PADDs and people to computers.

Now, once again, it's.... SAM COGLEY FOR THE DEFENSE!

Summary

From the book jacket
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 world will go to the party – Federation or Klingon – which shows it can best develop the planet.
At first the two colonies live in peace, but it's a fragile peace, one shattered when Administrator Daniel Latham, the head of the Federation colony, is found murdered, and Commander Mak'Tor, the head of the Klingon colony, is found crouched over Latham's body, a discharged phaser still hot in his hand.
When Lieutenant Areel Shaw of Starfleet is assigned to prosecute Mak'Tor, Sam Cogley 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 defense attorney win the day in...
THE CASE OF THE COLONIST'S CORPSE

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Background Information

  • This story takes place after TOS: "I, Mudd" and overlaps the events of TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles".
  • This is one of several recent novels that have admitted they are an attempt to see Star Trek from the point of view of another television genre. The acknowledgments especially list Earl Gardner and his Perry Mason series. Other novels along these lines include Articles of the Federation, which gives special thanks for the style of the novel to The West Wing.
  • The edges of the pages are dyed red in order to make the book resemble a '60s-era Perry Mason novel.

Characters

James T. Kirk
Spock
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Pavel Chekov 
Ensign
Samuel T. Cogley 
Defense attorney.
Areel Shaw 
Lieutenant. Starfleet prosecuting attorney.
Giotto 
Lieutenant Commander. Chief of security.
Jacqueline LaSalle
Peter Lawrence
Daniel Latham 
Administrator .
Grigoriy Nemov
Helen Latham
Mak'Tor
O'Dell
Ronald Saygar
K'Vak
Louis Alexander
Homero Galdamiz
Khogo
Chiaki Iino
Alexander Warren
Sahirn P'Thall
Faure
Aaron Cole
Daleel P'Thall

Mentioned

Richard Daystrom
Ben Finney
Alexander Kirk
Julius Kirk
Peter Kirk
Sam Kirk
Kolos
Janice Lester
Carol Marcus
David Marcus
Gary Mitchell
Norman
Janet Wallace

References

Andorian ale; bat'leth; Deneb V; d'k tahg; Gagh; Template:ShipClass battle cruiser; photon torpedo; plomeek; Risa; sehlat; Sto-vo-kor; baffle plate

Alpha Centauri A
Alpha Centauri B
Bradbury Building
Christmas
Denevan wheat
Charles Dickens
Dilithium
D'Quas
"Far-star" bug
France
Joranian ostrich
Kradian
Krador
Lake Cochrane
Landing Day
William LaSalle
Los Angeles
Maggie's Planet
Mini-comp
Montana
M-Project
New Paris
Pergium
Phylosian swooper
Rome
Section 31
Sherman's Planet
Topaline
warnog

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