Writing -- as Alan Greenwell / as Alan Rokeby
Deceit, theft and murder -- trying to make the world a better place? How could I have ever believed that stealing art to fund girls' education in Africa was defensible?
At first I blamed my Grandfather for my problems, but that's unfair. He was pursuing his own passions. It’s me who was at fault. At twenty three, I was young and easily swayed. I know that now. I used to think I was so good – morally that is. My best friend Mel would have stopped me, but I hardly told her anything. I was an idiot. Now I am marooned on another continent, asking myself if I will ever see Mel or my Grandfather again.
As I write, four years after the events, I ask myself why I didn't stop myself sliding deeper and deeper. Each step down seemed just about acceptable. Add them all together and you have me now, appalled by myself and marooned far from my homeland. I've decided to write this as an act of contrition. I'm writing it for my children, if I ever have any.
Fall-Out is a psychological thriller about protest -- violent, playful and sometimes idealistic protest -- at the construction of a new nuclear power station in north-west England.
As the police and press explore what lies behind an apparent suicide, they uncover a small team apparently bent on mischief and anarchy. The impact on families and relationships are intertwined with the criminal investigations.
The personal history and motives of the individual protesters are slowly revealed as they make increasingly desperate attempts to work together in manipulating public opinion.