Under enormous pressure which the publishers will not identify or even
acknowledge, Barracade Books has cancelled publication of the American release of
Trail of the Octopus, according to a company spokesperson.
Les Coleman's ongoing correspondence will be featured here.
A description of the book, as it was anticipated in the fall of 1996, follows:
SIX MILES UP AND FALLING THROUGH SPACE, THE
ACTUAL STUFF OF NIGHTMARE, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE
KNOWN, THOSE STILL AWARE. IT WOULD BE TWO TO
THREE MINUTES YET BEFORE THE EARTH RECEIVED
It was a terrible way to die ... Death had never been more arbitrary, nor any crime more
The truth about Flight 103 will probably never be known in all its particulars. Too many
people have tampered with the evidence. Too many people have lied about it or stayed
silent. Too much remains hidden behind the cloak of national security and legal privilege . . .
But if the whole truth is never likely to be known, enough of it has emerged from the fog of
lies and evasion to point a finger at those responsible . . .
At first the answer seemed obvious, not least to the American and British
authorities: the Iranians had commissioned a Palestinian terrorist cell to commit the
atrocity in revenge for the shooting down of an Iranian airbus in the Gulf. But as the
years went by, so Western governments began to blame the Libyans. Why? And
with what justification?
Lester Coleman tells a shocking story. A former employee of the American Defense
Intelligence Agency, he describes a dangerous web of connections between the West
and Middle Eastern organizations and a controlled drug run from Beirut to the
States that went horribly wrong.
'For daring to contradict the US government's line that Libya was entirely
responsible for the Lockerbie disaster, in which 270 people died, Mr Coleman and
his family have suffered a fate which reads like a spy novel'
-- Con Coughlin in the Sunday Telegraph
'[Coleman's] story is powerful enough to be taken extremely seriously ... If
[Goddard] and Coleman are telling even half the truth, they have lifted the edge of
the veil on one of the nastiest and most deceitful political corruptions of modern
-- Paul Foot in the London Review of Books
'It convinces me that the events following the destruction of PanAm 103 over
Lockerbie had a great deal to do with American raison d'etat... The US Congress ...
should be asked for some refutation of Coleman's apparently inside allegations'
-- Tam Dalyell, MP in a letter to the Scotsman