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Enigma Tales is a Pocket DS9 novel – part of the Deep Space Nine relaunch series – written by Una McCormack. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in June 2017.


From the book jacket
Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union… but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his people's war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation comes Dr. Katherine Pulaski – visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis – and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence. The two soon find themselves at odds with Garak and embroiled in the politics of the prestigious University of the Union, where a new head is about to be appointed. Among the front-runners is one of Cardassia's most respected public figures: Professor Natima Lang. But the discovery of a hidden archive from the last years before the Dominion War could destroy Lang’s reputation.
As Pulaski and Alden become drawn into a deadly game to exonerate Lang, their confrontation escalates with Castellan Garak – a reluctant leader treading a fine line between the bright hopes for Cardassia's future and the dark secrets still buried in its past…

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Background information[]

  • The author had planned a sequel, but the launch of Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard led to the post-finale TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT novels ending. She commented: “I did have a final book in mind about Cardassia, a follow-up to Enigma Tales, which, amongst many other plotlines, would have wrapped up Natima Lang’s story. In my mind, she is the Castellan after Garak. I think I made it clear in Enigma Tales that was coming, but there would have been a great deal more about the transition from Garak to Lang. (We would have met Lang’s husband too, a Mathenite who looks uncannily like Quark.)” [1]
  • The events of this novel follow on from those in A Stitch in Time, The Crimson Shadow, the Star Trek: Section 31 novel Control and the DS9 novel The Missing.
  • Cover design by Alan Dingman.

Cover gallery[]


Julian Bashir
Elim Garak
Katherine Pulaski
Natima Lang

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