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Introduction (blurb)[]

A crewman has been murdered aboard the USS Trident, and all evidence points to Ensign Janos of the USS Excalibur-A. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun is reluctant to accept that Janos, a powerful non-humanoid whom the captain has known and trusted for years, could be a killer, and immediately launches an investigation into the crime. But this troubling murder mystery soon escalates into a full-fledged diplomatic crisis that threatens to pit Calhoun and Captain Elizabeth Shelby against the entire United Federation of Planets -- and the Starship Enterprise.

Meanwhile, the turmoil involving Ensign Janos forces Calhoun to recall his own tempestuous past, his rocky relationship with a young Elizabeth Shelby -- and a long-ago exploit that may have everything to do with the deadly emergency that now confronts them all!





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published order
Previous novel:
Gods Above
NF numbered novels Next novel:
After the Fall
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Live Fast and Prosper
Pocket Next Adventure:
Rising Son (Chapter 15)
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Lefler's Logs
Then; Chapters 1-13
Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
Red Sector
Chapters 7-10
Then; Chapters 14-20
Next Adventure:
Chapter 18

Star Trek: New Frontier publications and stories
Novels House of CardsInto the VoidThe Two-Front WarEnd GameMartyrFire on HighOnce BurnedDouble or NothingThe Quiet PlaceDark AlliesExcalibur (RequiemRenaissanceRestoration)Cold WarsBeing HumanGods AboveStone and AnvilAfter the FallMissing in ActionTreasonBlind Man's Bluff
Short stories and novellas "Death After Life" • No Limits ("Loose Ends" • "All That Glisters..." • "Waiting for G'Doh, or, How I Learned to Stop Moving and Hate People" • "Lefler's Logs" • "Alice, on the Edge of Night" • "Revelations" • "Turning Point" • "'Q'uandary" • "Oil and Water" • "Singularity" • "The Road to Edos" • "A Lady of Xenex" • "Making a Difference" • "Performance Appraisal" • "Redemption" • "Out of the Frying Pan" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "A Little Getaway") • "Stone Cold Truths" • "Pain Management" • "Cutting Ties" • "Homecoming"
eBooks The Returned, Part 1The Returned, Part 2The Returned, Part 3 Comics Double TimeTurnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V")
Omnibuses New FrontierPrometheansTurnaround German omnibuses KartenhausZweifrontenkrieg