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The USS Enterprise must stop the slaughter of an alien race, or risk the fate of the universe!

The Tears of the Singers is a Pocket TOS novel – #19 in the numbered series – written by Melinda M. Snodgrass. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 1984.


From the book jacket
Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise join the Klingons to avert disaster in the Taygeta V system – where a time/space warp has swallowed a spaceship without a trace. Spock suspects a link between the anomaly and the inhabitants of Taygeta, semi-aquatic creatures killed for the jewel-like tears secreted at the moment of death. But a mutinous Klingon officer threatens the vital mission, as a desperate Kirk and Spock race to save the Taygetians, the Federation – and the entire universe!

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Background information


Canon characters

James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott

Non-canon characters

Guy Maslin 
Human musician, brought by Kirk as an expert to help the crew learn the Taygetans' music-based language

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Numbered novels
#20: The Vulcan Academy Murders
Killing Time (#38) Titan Books release order  Enemy Unseen (#40)