Do not pick up this book thinking Anita Blake Vampire hunter. That's not what this book is about. I didn't know Laurel had ever written a Star Trek novel but since I'd been missing my sci-fi lately thought a Star Trek book would be a fun read. I wasn't wrong. It fuses Laurell K Hamilton's great writing style with a Star Trek plot and great characters.
What you get is a very well written Star Trek novel that I would be happy to call canon. She has the Lieutenant Worf and Deanna Troi characters down perfectly, you can almost hear their voices speaking through the book to you via Deanna's empathy and Worfs anger and frustration.
The local alien species have had some interesting ways of using their planet. It is barren and the atmosphere is toxic. The planet has degenerated into Civil War and it is up to Captain Picard to negotiate a truce and peace. Neither side trust each other and they don't trust the Enterprise crew either. All this goes to hell in a handbasket when Captain Picard is accused of Murder and it is left to Worf to negotiate.
The Enterprise is off elsewhere and Worf and Deanna must earn the trust of at least one of the warring sides to make a deal and find out just what is going on and what the two sides are hiding.