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Another excellent read from James Robertson,
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This review is from: The Professor of Truth (Hardcover)
I'm one of the many who regard James as amongst the leading writers in his generation. I don't feel this novel is quite in the same league as a couple of his earlier, truly outstanding books, but it's nevertheless excellent and very much worth reading.
We already know that the book is a fictionalised version of the Lockerbie bombing. The first half is a closeup of the mysterious intel man and the professor. It is claustrophobically set in the prof's cluttered house and, by extension, head. He's stuck, obsessed, and does not want to move on until and unless he can unpick the story of the bombing and bring justice not only for his lost wife and daughter, but for the man (and, perhaps, country) he believes has/have been falsely accused. He's aware of the pain he's prolonging for his in-laws and his own family, who can only watch him suffering.
The story shifts when the prof takes action to follow up the stranger's lead. Eventually, he's going to come face to face with some truths, but perhaps not quite the ones he's expecting.