The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae.
A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence.
Was he mad? Only the persuasive The author tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. This is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.