- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Algora Publishing (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087586449X
- ISBN-13: 978-0875864495
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, several issues raised undermine the author.
Reagan DID NOT apologize to Iran after the July 1988 US Navy shootdown of the Iranian airbus. He merely expressed the bland, "Regret for loss of life," platitudes. The US blamed Iran for several years afterward.
The 1996 financial settlement with Iran was forced on the US, after it came out in 1992 that the USS Vincennes was in Iranian waters when it shot down Iran Air 655. This, however is a non-sequiter since a 1996 settlement had no effects of Khomeini's desire for vengeance between July and December 1988. Khomeini's threat that "American blood will rain from the sky," seemed brutally prescient.
The picture posted in the beginning of the book compares the artist interpretation of the customer that bought the Malta store clothes found at Lockerbie with Megrahi's passport picture. This only matters if Megrahi indeed appeared the same in December 1988 as he did in his 1986 issued passport. Marquise conveniently didn't publish a picture of Abu Talb who looks much more like the clothes buyer than Megrahi.
Though I don't recall it being addressed in this book, there is no mention of test results on the fragments for explosive residue. In Megrahi's book, "You are my jury," the author(s) mention 2 versions of this aspect. One that there were no residue tests because they weren't necessary due to the obvious blast damage. The other, that tests were performed and found no residue because of total consummation of the explosive material. Whatever that means.
A lot more questions than answers...
But we see that in this case, not only were some of the (albeit lower level) terrorist brought to justice, but it's the only case I am aware of where a ruthless dictator eventually cried uncle, in no small part as a result of this investigation and prosecution. Gadaffi admitted responsibility for PA 103, gave up nuclear weapons a few years later, and even recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to the victim's families to put this event behind Libya.
Because this is a fairly detailed and technical book, I would highly recommend it as a textbook for an upper level undergraduate, or even a graduate class in National Security Studies or International Relations; jamesmcasey.com
Marquise's work is important on three levels. Using practical insight, law enforcement skills, and investigative strategy, Marquise provides a step-by-step account for criminal investigators. Second, it is an excellent case study for criminal justice classes. (My students are using it to develop a training session on major case investigation.) Finally, and most importantly, Marquise has told the story with one group of people in mind, the families of Pan Am Flight 103. His compassion for the victims flows throughout the narrative.
As news networks and public attention jump from one terrorist attack to the next, Marquise stays focused on the victims of a single event in the past. The world may have forgotten their life-altering pain. Marquise has not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding work. Marquise's writing is somewhere between a military briefing and a conservation with another law enforcement officer. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Larry Anthony
I think there's a huge problem with authoring the account of a yet ongoing investigation. The courts blasted this "account" out of the water. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by weezie
While there are those who are always inclined to believe a conspiracy theory, Mr. Marquise's book does an excellent job of laying out the flow of the investigation into the Pan Am... Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by M. Fanning
I feel Richard presented an excellent review of the sequence of events that lead up to the terrorist act and an even better chronicling of the investigation following the disaster. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Janet Uteg