Second Contact is a hard to put down Sci Fi mystery. Military lawyer Maj Max Becker doesn't believe his client is sane when he claims that the two crewmembers he killed were aliens, but he will argue the defense that his client wants. Suddenly, though, witnesses begin to disappear, and Max begins to suspect that maybe something really is being covered up. With the help of a hard-nosed computer genius, Max is in a race to discover the truth before the two of them wind up dead.
I really enjoyed this book. I had trouble putting it down and was in a hurry to find out what really was going on. However the computer science Second Contact is terribly dated. The novel seems to have been published in 1990 before the internet took off. A major portion of the plot is uncovered by breaking into computer systems, but there is no mention of the internet. All access is achieved modems and the phone system. At one point they use the Library of Congress, "the biggest English language database in the world", whereas now the same research would have been done on the web. Although the novel is set in 2065, none of the computer technology used is beyond what exsisted in the late 80s except for some voice recognition. It doesn't take the enjoyment out of the read, but it makes it seem like a classic novel from the 50s and 60s where you ignore the flawed science.
Overall Second Contact is a very enjoyable, hard-to-put-down read, and I highly recommend it.