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From the book jacket
An all-new Star Trek novel, set in the popular and blockbuster Original Series movie era!
2288. The U.S.S. Enterprise-A is on a vital peacekeeping mission in a remote solar system beyond the boundaries of the Federation, where two warring planets—Pavak and Oyolo—are attempting to end years of bitter conflict. Crucial peace talks are being conducted aboard the Enterprise, even as Starfleet weapons inspectors oversee the disarmament process. Losses and atrocities on both sides have left plenty of hard feelings behind, so Captain James T. Kirk has his work cut out for him, even as he unexpectedly runs into a disturbing figure from his past: Lenore Karidian.
Twenty years ago, the deadly daughter of Kodos the Executioner tried to kill Kirk, but she has since been declared sane and rehabilitated. Kirk wants to give her the benefit of the doubt and a second chance at life, but when a mysterious assassination threatens the already fragile peace process, all clues point toward Lenore—and the future of two worlds hangs in the balance.


The Enterprise is transporting an ambassador who will be organizing peace talks between Pavak and Oyolo, two warring planets. The ambassador in question is Kevin Riley, former crewmember of the original Enterprise.

During a visit to a refugee camp on Oyolo, Kirk and McCoy identify one of the aid workers, Lyla Kassidy, as Lenore Karidian, who once tried to kill Kirk and Riley (TOS episode: "The Conscience of the King"). She was released five years ago after undergoing psychiatric treatment. Kirk invites her aboard the Enterprise for a reception but the event is marred when the Pavakian delegate, General Tem, is murdered. An overloading phaser left at the scene resembles one of Lenore's crimes from twenty years earlier.

Meanwhile, Spock and Scotty are on Pavak overseeing the disarming of the Pavakians' protomatter missiles. They find themselves detained when news of the assassination comes through but discover that one of the warheads was removed prior to destruction.

The Oyolu delegate, A'Barra, is also murdered, poisoned with zetaproprion, a medication that Lenore uses. Both the Pavakian and Oyolu media reveal Lenore's identity and call for extradition. The aid workers on Oyolo are taken hostage to try and force her release but rescued by the Enterprise crew.

Spock and Scotty convince their Pavakian contact, Pogg, that elements of his military are trying to disrupt the peace process. They track down Major Takk, the officer who stole the warhead, but he no longer has it with him.

The assassin is revealed to be Colonel Gast, Tem's aide and a member of the rogue Pavakian element. She underwent a transporter process similar to the one Kirk underwent at Alfa 177 to split herself in two and give herself an alibi. Having researched Kirk's past, she recognised Lenore and framed her.

The rogue Pavakians fire the warhead at the Oyolo capital and sabotage by Gast leaves the Enterprise unable to intercept. Lenore has stolen the shuttle Copernicus, intending to surrender herself, but is convinced to set the shuttle on a collision course with the warhead and then bail out. The warhead is destroyed and Lenore is rescued by Spock and Scotty in the Gaileo.

The two Gasts die during an attempt at reintegration, the other Pavakians conspirators are apprehended and the peace process can continue.



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Starships and vehicles

Copernicus (shuttlecraft) • diplomatic courierUSS Enterprise-A (Constitution II-class) • Galileo (shuttlecraft) • Outward SixOyolu ground vehicleOyolu warcraftPavakian shuttlecraftStarfleet emergency lifepod
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aircraft carrierboatHMS Bounty (Klingon bird-of-prey) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Excelsiorsailing shiptruck


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Races and cultures

AndorianArcturianDeltanHortaHuman (Terran) • OyoluPavakianRhaandariteSaurianTellariteTroyianVulcanZeosian
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AntosianBetelgeusian • Human (Irishman) • KazariteKlingonRomulanTherbian

States and organizations

Federation Diplomatic CorpsGalactic Relief CorpsOyolu Air CommandPavakian Civil Defense ForcePavakian High CommandStarfleetStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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Science and technology

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Related media

  • The Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King" serves as a major source of backstory for this novel, with the character of Lenore Karidian being a significant presence in the movie-era storyline.
  • According to author Greg Cox, the novel also contains references to the events of the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which occurs approximately one year prior to Foul Deeds Will Rise.
  • Kevin Riley, who appeared in the TOS episode "The Conscience of the King" alongside James T. Kirk and Lenore Karidian, will also appear as a supporting character in the novel. Chronologically-speaking, Riley was involved in the events surrounding the return of the Cetacean Probe and the Enterprise-A's journey across the galaxy one year earlier (in 2287), in the movie-era novel Probe, as well as the ship's encounter with extra-dimensional aliens in TOS comic: "Debt of Honor", around the same time period.




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