Published between 1970 and 1985 or so, it was a book written for young adults. The title was something simple, like just 2 words, it may have been something with "Star" or "Nova" in it. The plot is a guy (scientist maybe) who is found guilty of murder and is sentenced to death by being left to die of exposure on a desert planet. But he is rescued and eventually finds out he was framed. It seemed to revolve around some kind of technology that he knew about. At some point I remember they break into a lab using gloves that mimic the fingerprints of other people. For some reason I thought of this book the other day and it has been driving me crazy trying to remember what it was. Things I am fairly certain about: - It was a hardcover - It was new enough c1985 to have a jacket with artwork (or at least that edition was) - It was not onerous in length, probably less than 400 pages - The title was something simple, I keep trying combinations like "Star Light" or "Super Nova" Plot: - Only the first chapter or so deals with the prison death sentence planet, just enough to set up the rest of the book. - The book starts with the protagonist being dropped there. It is not an exile, it is supposed to be a certain death from exposure - We know he was convicted of murder, but it does not seem like he had all of the details - maybe from a head injury or memory wipe - He is rescued fairly quickly by other people, perhaps a female who arrives on some sort of hovering bike or ship (I seem to recall him seeing dust kicked up in the distance). - The book was not cheeky or satirical, I think it took its plot seriously - I think it focused more or less on solving the crime, more like a crime novel set against SF backdrop - At some point they break into a lab or research facility where he worked using synthetic skin gloves that let them bypass a security system that reads hand prints/biometrics in some way Fuzzier Plot Details: - He may have been framed for killing either his wife or his mentor - The lab/research facility was working on some tech break through, some meta-SF plot like interstellar travel, time travel, or inter-dimensional portals.