Ken Dornstein always looked up to his older brother David. David was handsome, popular and successful with women. He was talented, and had dreams of writing the Great American Novel dreams his little brother never doubted would come true.
David died in the Lockerbie bombing of 1988, aged 25.
This memoir begins as the story of Ken s investigation into David s death. But as his obsessive enquiries go on, it becomes the story of David s life, what he meant to Ken and who he really was. As it moves towards its devastating finale, Ken s account becomes as page-turning as a thriller, and raises the question: how well do we know the people we love?'An original and compelling memoir of life and death.' Anothny Swofford, author of JARHEAD
'A memoir-cum-investigation that soars above its basis in personal tragedy to become a stunning portrait of a tragically flawed man ... with all the linear intrigue of a Paul Auster novel... Involving, moving and impeccable' - Metro (5 *****)
'It's a compelling, sad, thoughtful book, and I'm glad I picked it up' - NICK HORNBY
'Intimate and extraordinary ... highly affecting ... utterly absorbing' - Time Out Book of the Week (5 *****)
'Heartbreaking' - Sunday Telegraph
'Unusual and unforgettable: a heartfelt but unsentimental honouring of his brother that takes this brutal waste of life and reworks it into a sensitive and uplifting meditation on living.' - Herald
'A mesmerizing tale of family crisis, mental illness and unfulfilled promise' - New York Times
What an expressive range Dornstein has! Humour, absurdity, bathos, drama, tragedy, excitement he combines them all in this shocking, complex and profoundly thoughtful study of loss and survival. Anyone wanting an insight into ambivalence and emotional repair and how to write a good memoir should read this book. - Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: A Life Backwards
'An original and compelling memoir of life and death'. - Anthony Swofford, author of JARHEAD