The Professor of Truth by James Robertson

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...the urge to campaign has overcome the internal logic of his own proxy-fictional technique – which is to question a sense of reality. As a result, his real story remains only half-told: the tragedy of a man possessed by certainty.
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Synopsis

A literary spellbinder about one man’s desperate attempt to deal with grief by unmasking the terrorists responsible for the act that killed his wife and daughter
 
Twenty-one years after his wife and daughter were killed in the bombing of a plane over Scotland, English lecturer Alan Tealing persists in trying to discover what really happened on that terrible night. Over the years, he obsessively amasses documents, tapes, and transcripts to prove that the man who was convicted was not actually responsible, and that the real culprit remains at large.
 
When a retired American intelligence officer arrives on Alan’s doorstep on a snowy night, claiming to have information about a key witness in the trial, a fateful sequence of events is set in motion. Alan decides he must confront this man, in the hope of uncovering what actually happened. While Robertson writes with the narrative thrust of a thriller, The Professor of Truth is also a graceful meditation on grief, and the lengths we may go to find meaning in loss.
 

About James Robertson

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James Robertson is a multiple prize-winning Scottish author and poet. He has published four previous novels: The Fanatic; Joseph Knight, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Saltire Prize; The Testament of Gideon Mack, which was a Booker Prize finalist and a Richard & Judy book club pick, and has sold more than 250,000 copies in the UK; and his most recent novel, And the Land Lay Still, winner of the Saltire Prize.





Author Residence: Angus, Scotland
 
Published September 10, 2013 by Other Press. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 20 2013

Robertson writes brilliantly about the quest for truth and hints at the possibility of personal redemption and transformation.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by John Burnside on Jun 19 2013

...the real indicator of this novel's power, and of its vital understanding of the grief that afflicts us all, is that the final stage of Tealing's resurrection not only comes from the most unexpected source, but also in the most unexpected manner.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alexander Linklater on Jun 08 2013

...the urge to campaign has overcome the internal logic of his own proxy-fictional technique – which is to question a sense of reality. As a result, his real story remains only half-told: the tragedy of a man possessed by certainty.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Nicholas Mancusi on Sep 27 2013

It’s a shame then that the second half of this would-be novel of ideas leaves the ideas behind and follows Tealing as he jets off to Australia to find the taxi driver whose testimony put Khazar behind bars.

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