It's the near future, and mankind has expanded its presence in space.
Maintaining law and order beyond Earth is the responsibility of the
International Space Police Force, known colloquially as the Star Cops.
Their leader is Commander Nathan Spring.
There are no Star Cops on Mars, and Nathan Spring intends to put that
right. He travels to the red planet hoping to rally the colonists’
support for setting up an ISPF office, but he faces resistance from
those who feel Mars has no need of police.
Soon, though, Nathan and his officers are involved in incidents of
theft, violence and murder. They may get the chance to prove they’re
needed, if they can get through their investigations alive.
2.4 Bodies of Evidence by Andrew Smith
On the moon, shortly before Nathan, Kenzy and Devis leave for Mars,
disaster strikes when the shuttle Ganymede crash lands on the lunar
The tragedy becomes something more sinister when Priya finds
dismembered bodies hidden in the shuttle. But attempts to investigate
are obstructed by higher authorities on Earth.
Before Nathan departs for Mars, he instructs Priya and Paul to
investigate the crash, in defiance of his superiors’ orders. If they
don’t find the evidence they need, it could be the end of all their
2.5 Human Kind by Helen Goldwyn
A scared medic, on the run from her colony, seeks the help of the
Star Cops. She offers information about a crime, but she demands legal
immunity, and guarantees for her safety before she’ll talk.
A visitor from Earth seems particularly determined to stop the Star
Cops gaining a foothold on Mars and calls a meeting of colony leaders in
an attempt to end their efforts once and for all.
When one of his officers is kidnapped, Nathan begins to wonder who he can trust on this planet.
2.6 The Highest Ground by Andrew Smith
The conspiracy is revealed, and its leader is desperate to silence the Star Cops.
An armed squad closes in on Nathan, his officers and their Martian
allies, leading to a siege in the shadow of Olympus Mons, the highest
mountain in the solar system. And a violent confrontation on its slopes.
It’s time for some to decide where their loyalties truly lie before it’s too late...