Richard Beard’s memoir The Day that Went Missing is a cathartic cleansing look at the death of his brother Nicky over forty years ago. Beard structures the book like an unraveling mystery as he investigates what really happened. He interviews family and friends along with his own dreams and recollections. Beard is an excellent writer and he uses all his literary powers to hash through the dysfunctional reaction to Nicky’s death in great detail. Emotionally the book falls short but that may be the point. You can decide for yourself.