A few years back, I found a book in the library. It was in the English section so I presume it was never translated into Serbian, which is my mother language. I also remember it had colorful covers and it looked so beat down and so old that it has to be from at least '70 or '80.

As for the plot I remember the following:

  1. It was from an alien perspective
  2. The main protagonist was an alien cop in search of drugs
  3. The setting was on a human planet (I presume Earth, but I could be wrong since I don't remember whether the humans had colonized more planets)
  4. I think the main protagonist had friends on said planet

Edit: I remembered two more things

  1. Drug is something we use every day, possibly coffee, sugar or tobacco
  2. Alien is annoyed how cold planet is
  • No, this says that is very dangerous drug. If i remember correctly drug in this book was more like common substance on Earth (or whatever planet) like coffee or sugar. Oct 23, 2015 at 21:00
  • Could the substance have been ginger? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwar_series
    – Politank-Z
    Oct 23, 2015 at 21:05
  • No we are not in war, he is just investigating drug smuggling. Oct 23, 2015 at 23:28

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This sounds like Iceworld by Hal Clement:

The novel concerns an interplanetary narcotics agent who is forced to work on an incredibly cold world (from his point of view — the planet is in fact Earth), where he teams up with natives of the alien planet (humans) in his attempt to stop the smuggling of a dangerous drug (tobacco) to Sirius. Although the story involves both aliens and humans, it is told primarily from an alien perspective.

  • You got it... One look at cover on wiki and I knew it was it. Now just yo find where to buy it :D Thanks Oct 23, 2015 at 23:37

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