Author(s): John Lawton
"Turner Raines is Mr Heartbreak. Everybody leaves him. They walk out, they run away...they die. When his oldest friend Mel Kissing dies with an ice pick through his skull, Raines picks up the thread and sets out to ask 'who?' and 'why?' But this is America in 1969 and one death is just a drop in the ocean. The USA is about to land a man on the moon and the Vietnam War is ripping the country to pieces, setting sons against fathers, fathers against sons. The Woodstock festival is in full swing and Norman Mailer is standing as candidate for Mayor of New York. Against this backdrop, Raines' questions take him back to the childhood home he left in Texas, back to the battered remains of his youth...and as his memory unravels, America unravels with it."
A sprawling heartbreaker of a novel. --Literary Review More than enough verve and wit to ensure happy page-turning wakefulness. --The Sunday Times A terrific job... excellent at catching the mood of that hot summer of 1969 when the Vietnam War had divided families. --Observer Sets the pulse racing and the jaded responses tingling. --Irish Times Atmospheric... absorbingly intelligent. --Financial Times
John Lawton is the director of over forty television programs, author of a dozen screenplays, several children's books, seven Inspector Troy novels and two standalones. Lawton's work has earned him comparisons to John le Carre and Alan Furst. Lawton lives in a remote hilltop village in Derbyshire.