This is a very personal story of family dysfunction, one that involves famous people who grappled with private tragedies and secrets, and is an answer to a question by Chris Green's newly-found half-sister Paula Yates. She, having just discovered definitively that Hughie Green was her biologicial father, plaintively asked Chris "why?" Why had Hughie Green destroyed her supposed father's, Jess Yates', career and how did it come about that he, someone she despised, was her actual father? Chris Green, who had suffered to some extent at his father's hand, set out to find the answers to those questions, though, unfortunately, Paula was dead by the time he believed he had uncovered the mystery.
Chris Green has a real way with words. His bewilderment, sadness, and good-heartedness are obvious throughout the book and his descriptions of how his father, an exploited and neglected child, came to be the woman-hating scoundrel that he was are fascinating and chilling. Perhaps saddest is the fact that up until the very end, as Chris sat at his father's death bed, he wanted to believe in the man's essential goodness. That belief was shattered at Hughie Green's funeral when a tabloid reporter revealed that the deceased had a famous love child. It was then that Chris Green and his sister Linda were spun helplessly into a maelstrom that would end with Paula's death and their efforts to protect their niece Tiger.
By uncovering the mystery of his father's behavior, the author has demonstated the multi-generational damage that can result from child abuse, exploitation, and neglect. One's heart goes out to him and his family, as well as the once-incandescent Paula Yates. It seems that she, ultimately and undeservedly, suffered Hughie Green's ultimate revenge.