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The Case of the Colonist's Corpse is a Pocket TOS novel – identified as "A Sam Cogley Mystery" – written by Bob Ingersoll and Tony Isabella. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in December 2003.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
When Captain Kirk faced court-martial, he chose the best lawyer in the FederationSamuel 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!
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…

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Background information Edit

  • This is the first (and, to date, only) Star Trek novel from Ingersoll and Isabella.
  • The concept for the novel came from Pocket editor John Ordover, who tasked the pair with writing "A Perry Mason mystery in the Star Trek universe". Ingersoll then noted that "[o]nce we had the basic idea, Tony and I brainstormed possible plot ideas for the one that we thought best combined the elements of the Trek universe and the Erle Stanley Gardner novels." (Voyages of Imagination, p. 138)
  • This story takes place after TOS: "I, Mudd" and overlaps with 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. 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. Again, this was Ordover's idea, to capture the "old-time feel" of the novel. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 138)

Characters Edit

James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Pavel Chekov 
Samuel T. Cogley 
Defense attorney
Areel Shaw 
Lieutenant, Starfleet prosecuting attorney
Lieutenant commander, chief of security
Jacqueline LaSalle
Peter Lawrence
Daniel Latham 
Grigoriy Nemov
Helen Latham
Ronald Saygar
Louis Alexander
Homero Galdamiz
Chiaki Iino
Alexander Warren
Sahirn P'Thall
Aaron Cole
Daleel P'Thall

Mentioned Edit

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

References Edit

Andorian ale; bat'leth; Deneb V; d'k tahg; gagh; K't'inga-class battle cruiser; photon torpedo; plomeek; Risa; sehlat; Sto-vo-kor; baffle plate

Alpha Centauri A
Alpha Centauri B
Bradbury Building
Denevan wheat
Charles Dickens
"Far-star" bug
Joranian ostrich
Lake Cochrane
Landing Day
William LaSalle
Los Angeles
Maggie's Planet
New Paris
Phylosian swooper
Section 31
Sherman's Planet

External link Edit

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