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

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  12 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 Organi
Paperback, 273 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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May 25, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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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
Elie Harriett
Jan 24, 2016 Elie Harriett rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first courtroom drama books I have ever read. If all books are like this one, I will have to read more. My first exposure to this type of story is in the Star Trek Universe made it all the more accessible to me.

Samuel Cogley, the man who defended Capt. Kirk in his Court Martial, is back, and this time defending a Klingon who had been accused of killing the head administrator in a mining colony.

I thought the beginning, while starting off strong, fell off a bit, but once it got
David King
May 19, 2016 David King rated it really liked it
"The Case of the Colonist's Corpse" by Bob Ingersoll and Tony Isabella is an interesting departure from standard Star Trek literature. There is only a brief cameo from the Enterprise and its crew with the majority of the novel being devoted to telling a mystery/courtroom drama story set on a colony world with a story centres around Sam Cogley, the lawer who defended Captain Kirk in the TV episode “Court Martial”.

The events of the novel take place on Aneher II, a planet whose ownership is being
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 24, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2010 Marie rated it liked it
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
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
Nov 19, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2016 Bladestryke rated it really liked it
Although it does rehash some things from the TOS episodes the book could have very well been one itself. It's paced similarly but instead of using the same characters from the shows I wished they put Cogley up against someone new. A good read for any Trekkie.
Rich Meyer
Jun 29, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
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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!
Oct 08, 2011 Bill rated it liked it
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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.
Apr 14, 2013 Patty rated it liked it
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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