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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Most Embarrassing Book Meme: "The Q Document"
I was tagged by Deane Galbraith in the "Most Embarrassing Book Meme" (see also Jim West, Mark Stevens, James McGrath and others) and after a perusal of my shelves during a spare five minutes during my office hours today, here is mine. As I mentioned recently, I am a fan of a full range of Qs and my embarrassing book is another of these:
The book is The Q Document by James Hall Roberts, a sensationalist novel published in 1964, akin to James H. Hunter's The Mystery of Mar Saba published in 1940. James Hall Roberts is actually a pseudonym for Robert L. Duncan (1927-1999) and in case you can't catch the wording on the back cover, it reads:
"Why did Red China want the Q document?
Why did the Vatican send someone to buy it?
Why did the Nazis believe it even though its discoverer was a Jew?
Why did a Catholic priest now contemplate murder because of it?