THE LIFE AND DEATH OF LIAM FAULDS
As one of the judges of the Eddystone Prize for an outstanding Anglo-American novel best-selling novelist Graeme Baldwin knows the prize is rigged by some influential publishers; he also realises no-one is allowed to win it twice. So, with the aid of a front man, Martin Gilchrist, he submits A COMMON GRAVE, a novel set in the Northern Ireland of the ‘Troubles,’ faking it to look as though it has been written by an IRA man, Liam Faulds, who is on the run. His publisher falls for the ploy and backs the novel for the Eddystone. But Baldwin’s scheme begins to go wrong when Gilchirist’s wife seduces him then shows she is a much better hand at writing plots and scripts than Baldwin. A COMMON GRAVE does win the Eddystone for Gilchrist, although Baldwin never knows this. He is dead.