A gripping original story for BBC Radio 4 by award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin, written for the landmark Radio 4 Book at Bedtime slot
Saughton Prison, Edinburgh. 1962.
Prison guard Thomas Scott watches over a condemned man sentenced to hang for the murder of his wife.
His prisoner is a guilty man, that’s for sure. William Telfer has done enough bad things in his life. And Scott has been in his job long enough to know that guilty men often proclaimed their innocence right up until the moment the noose was placed around their necks. But as they wait out the days until his execution, Scott begins to suspect that Telfer is innocent of this murder.
An innocent man could be hanged by the neck until dead. And his jailer doesn’t know what to do about it…
To find out the truth, Scott must explore Edinburgh’s darkest corners. And he is running out of time.
From the best-selling author of the Rebus novels, this original story asks what you would do in the face of doubt, and in the search for justice.
(This release contains additional material not included in the radio broadcast, plus an extended postscript.)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before working in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write twelve other Bond books as well as two works of non-fiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have sold over sixty million copies and earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler who called Fleming ‘the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England’ and President Kennedy who named From Russia with Love as one of his favourite books. The books inspired a hugely successful series of film adaptations which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Fleming was married to Anne Rothermere with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964. www.ianfleming.com