The new novel by leading Scottish author James Robertson is a powerful work of fiction inspired by some of the aspects and events surrounding the Lockerbie bombing. It's a delicate reinvention of one of the most painful incidents of recent times in Scotland.
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.
James Robertson is the author of "The Fanatic", "Joseph Knight" and "The Testament of Gideon Mack". His previous novel, "And the Land Lay Still", a majestic telling of the past sixty years of Scotland's history, won the Saltire Book of the Year Award 2010.
The reader is Peter Firth.
Written and abridged by James Robertson.
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.