Illegal Alien Author:Robert J. Sawyer The highly-praised author of Starplex, End of an Era, and Foreigner presents a thrilling new story, a skillful blend of the great wonders of the universe and the harsh realities of life on earth. When a disabled starship enters our atmosphere, fear is quickly replaced with awe-and the incredibly intelligent members of the Tosok race are welcomed... more » with open arms. But the growing spirit of trust and cooperation is shattered when a popular human scientist is found dead. The U.S. government provides a leading civil rights lawyer to defend the accused alien. And an unprecedented trial centers around not only one lost life, but the very essence of justice itself.« less
This book is a really good, fun read. Part Robert Heinlein, part John Grisham. It starts out a sci-fi first contact story then becomes a really good courtroom drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The book starts off with a spacecraft crash landing in the ocean. First contact is made by America and we meet the team of aliens piloting the craft. A group of scientists chaperon the aliens on a global tour to meet national leaders. During one of the trips, one of the alien's chaperons turns up dead. Murdered, and all evidence points to one of the aliens. The rest of the story is a whodunnit murder mystery that just happens to involve aliens. Very well written.