The new novel by Saltire prizewinner James Robertson.
Twenty-one years after his wife and daughter were murdered in the bombing of a plane over Scotland, Alan Tealing, a university lecturer, still does not know the truth of what really happened on that terrible night. Obsessed by the details of what he has come to call The Case, he is sure that the man convicted of the atrocity was not responsible, and that he himself has thus been deprived not only of justice but also of any chance of escape from his enduring grief.
When an American intelligence officer, apparently terminally ill and determined to settle his own accounts before death, arrives on his doorstep with information about a key witness in the trial, a fateful sequence of events is set in motion.
What did you like most about The Professor of Truth?
The story is clearly based upon the Pan Am Lockerbie disaster, but by never stating this, retains it's fictional status. However, I was Googling often, and learned much. I pondered of aspects of the bombing I'd never considered. The characters were believable, the resolution unexpected but appropriate.
A very interesting subject, and a page-turner. The denoument is a little disappointing, but the writer has something to say worth hearing. Unfortunately, I was constantly distracted from the story by the reader's poor rendition of regional accents and his irritating tendency to use falsetto, Monty Python voices for the female characters, which made them all sound ridiculous.