I can't remember the exact words but Iain said that Ken Nott the main character in Dead Air was basically him and Ken has issues;
Sectarianism, scottish identity, attitudes to muslim dress, scottish football, holocaust denial and israeli attitudes to name some of them.
Ken discusses the issues that forumites get threads closed for.
The story's a bit of a vehicle for the opinionating but enjoyable nevertheless.
The novel can also be linked with Transition insofar that both books hint at 9/11 in their respective plots on their book jacket blurb but neither book features 9/11 in the stories to any great deal.
Drink, but very carefully...