The Case of the Colonist's Corpse
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The Case of the Colonist's Corpse (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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!

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 Organ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Samuel T. Cogley defends a Klingon accused of killing the Federation administrator of a mining colony. Lt. Areel Shaw is the prosecutor, eager for a rematch with Cogley. Both originally appeared in TOS episode “Court Martial”. This is a well-paced and entertaining courtroom mystery, as well as a tribute to Earl Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason, down to the book’s design and red-dyed edges. Sam Cogley is familiar enough after more than 35 years of reruns that I can easily see him in a series of myst...more
Mikael Kuoppala
I decided to read one old fashioned mystery novel during the summer in remembrance of my childhood summers spent reading Agatha Christie. What was cool was that Simon & Schuster had published a Star Trek book that was written in the style of an old Perry Mason novel. Close enough to Christie, and with a Trek setting!

Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll have written an entertaining and clever murder mystery that oh so nicely relies on purposefully old fashioned language and style to give it extra...more
A decent enough courtroom drama, The Case of the Colonist's Corpse is a compelling murder mystery set in the Federation/Klingon neutral zone. While the ending is somewhat predictable, there are enough twists to keep the reader engaged and guessing as to what exactly occurred on that fateful night.

I have two complaints which keep me from giving the novel a higher rating. First, the authors give one character a certain trait that predictably ends up giving away his identity. This less-than-stellar...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
If ever there were Star Trek novels that lead credence to the argument that the books should be considered canon because they can explore corners of the Star Trek universe that can't be done on TV or film, this is one of them. "A Sam Cogley Mystery" is the subtitle of this work as it features that one-episode character who defended Captain Kirk when he was tried for murder. The writers make no bones about this book being a tribute to the Perry Mason novels of Earl Stanley Gardner. The pages even...more
Paul Lunger
Bob Ingersoll & Tony Isabella's "The Case of the Colonist's Corpse" is one of those rare Star Trek murder mystery novels that you almost wish had been revisited again. The book is set on Aneher II where their administrator Daniel Latham is murdered a fragile peace is shattered. To the rescue comes Samuel T. Cogley to defend the Klingon Mak'Tor who is accused of the crime. The book itself is actually a very well written murder mystery using the characters of the original series sparingly enou...more
Rich Meyer
A nice little mystery wrapped up in a Star Trek novel, this book really goes heavy into the minutia of the Trek Universe, using a lot of lesser-known characters, including Samuel Cogley, the irascible played by Elisha Cook on the original series episode "Court Martial". The mystery itself is laid out so the reader has a mess o' suspects to choose from, and it's just a matter of guessing who did it, and enjoying the ride!
An entertaining read ... like a combination of a John Grisham novel in the Star Trek universe. I enjoyed seeing characters from the original series episode "Court Martial" given their own room to grow and develop.

Recommended for Star Trek fans.
A fun mix of Star Trek lore and courtroom drama. This feels like the start of a spin-off series though I am not aware of any sequels.
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