Sins of the Son by Carlton Stowers

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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 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.


About Carlton Stowers

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Carlton Stowershas twice won the Edgar Award for the year's Best Fact Crime Book, forCareless WhispersandTo the Last Breath. He has written forSports Illustrated,People, andTV Guide, among other publications. He lives in Texas.
Published June 15, 2000 by St. Martin's True Crime. 265 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction

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A crime journalist's painfully honest attempt to come to terms with his son's downward spiral into a life of drugs and criminal activity.

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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 ti...

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