Professor becomes thriller writer after cancer diagnosis

Calls himself Jack Carey

A inspiring politics lecturer has published a series of thriller novels after being told he has incurable prostate cancer.

Professor Robert Williams has been writing since he was diagnosed in 2012.

Having undergone months of treatment, he told The Tab recently, “I don’t see my illness as a problem, I see it as…a spur to get things done, especially my writing, rather than procrastinating.”

Professor Williams uses a pseudonym, just like Heisenberg

Adopting the nom-de-plume “Jack Carey”, he has drawn on his experience of the international world.

His knowledge comes from working with several governments as an anti-corruption agent as well as research across multiple continents.

He said he likes to “bring into the stories some insights into the politics and cultures of other countries.”

Professor Williams’ wares

The Potomac Plot involves “the assassination of a top American politician with some insights into the divisions with Arab ‘terrorist’ organisations,” while his other novel, The Corcovado Conspiracy, is “set in newly democratic Brazil and deals with an attempted coup d’état funded by international business.”

Both of Professor Williams’s novels are available on Kindle as well as paperback.