Sins of the Son [NOOK Book]

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An acclaimed true-crime author takes on his toughest project of all-- writing about a murderer who happens to be his son.

When a hideous murder makes the headlines, a barrage of questions usually appears in its wake: Why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? What kind of family was the criminal from? Are his parents in some way to blame? Any crime writer worth his...
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Overview



An acclaimed true-crime author takes on his toughest project of all-- writing about a murderer who happens to be his son.

When a hideous murder makes the headlines, a barrage of questions usually appears in its wake: Why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? What kind of family was the criminal from? Are his parents in some way to blame? Any crime writer worth his salt would attempt to answer these questions-- but how do you address such questions when the killer is your own son?

As a single father raising two sons, Carlton Stowers did his best to instill in his boys a healthy sense of right and wrong. But with Anson, his oldest, it would prove to be an ongoing uphill battle. At a young age, Anson began to angrily shun authority, and soon became involved with a number of illicit activities, including drugs, forgery, and theft. After each jail stay, Anson would vow to get clean and start anew. It became a revolving door for both father and son, until Anson, twenty-five years old and strung-out on amphetamines, brutally murdered his young ex-wife.

In a brave, honest, and moving work, bestselling true-crime writer Carlton Stowers examines the downfall of his eldest son, once a happy child full of promise, now a convicted murderer serving a sixty-year sentence. With a reporter's shrewdness and a father's heart, Stowers presents a true story of two lives irrevocably lost, and of one man struggling to both understand-- and move beyond-- the...Sins of the Son.

A powerful, painful, and personal work of true crime. The brutal death of Stowers' ex-daughter-in-law at the hands of his son, Anson, is told with journalistic flair and insight, at the same time giving readers an intensely personal exploration of his own role and the family dynamic that gave rise to unspeakable violence. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This astounding autobiography is a true-crime tale with a difference: Stowers, honored by the Mystery Writers of America for Careless Whispers and nominated for a Pulitzer for Innocence Lost, here writes of his older son, Anson, whose youth was devoted to drugs and crime and who is now serving time for murdering his ex-wife in a fit of rage in Dallas. What is astounding is the author's myopia: an effective communicator with his readers, he could barely get through to those closest to him. His first two marriages ended in divorce; his elder son was estranged early and, on the one occasion when the father was asked to avow his faith in Anson, he did so only with reservations. In his introduction, Kellerman terms parenthood ``punishment for the crime of loving,'' and Stowers has suffered punishment aplenty. Photos. (July)
Library Journal
It sounds like some far-fetched mystery novel, but this story is true. Stowers, whose Careless Whispers won an Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book of 1986, was left reeling when his son was accused of murder. Here he offers an account of his daughter-in-law's murder and his own role in a family situation that led to tragedy.
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"This astounding autobiography is a true-crime tale with a difference."—Publishers Weekly

"A truly unforgettable tale."—Jonathan Kellerman

"Compelling."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429941754
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2000
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 154,130
  • File size: 673 KB

Meet the Author



Carlton Stowers is the author of more than two dozen nonfiction books, including the Edgar Award-winning Careless Whispers, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Innocence Lost, and Open Secrets. He has also written two books for children-- A Hero Named George and Hard Lessons-- which are being used by elementary schools as part of their drug and gang prevention programs. He and his wife live in Cedar Hill, Texas.
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An acclaimed true-crime author takes on his toughest project of all-writing about a murderer who happens to be his son.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Sad

    Well written..Bn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    VALIDATION

    Reading this validated the feelings I've experienced the past 10+ years. While our son's charges have been drug related thus far, the shame, the fear, the anger experienced by Mr. Stowers is all too familiar. The 'enabling' behavior of the author hit home, knowing it's not good for anyone, yet always hopeful it will make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    Excellent Reading

    A better title might be 'A Father's Patience.' I wondered when reading the book how Mr. Stowers managed to survive some of Anson's troubles. I gasped when he described the death of his daughter-in-law. That must have been terribly painful to write, as well as for his son to read. I especially enjoyed the book, because, although it is such a tragedy, it had an almost peaceful ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Touching!

    Very sad but very informative as well. You hurt for the son and the family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Sins of the son

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Very disappointed in Mr. Stowers! This is an autobiography! Prai

    Very disappointed in Mr. Stowers! This is an autobiography! Praises his son at the end for admitting guilt, and hardly mentions the murder victim! Save your money! Please take this off the true crime list, hardly writes about crime at all!

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. I am truly sor

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. I am truly sorry for the family.

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