This heartbreaking book is about the author's own son, who went from troubled adolescent to drug abuser and criminal. This soul searching story by one of the finest writers of true crime today is told without self pity and with great truthfulness. The fact that the son finally committed the ultimate crime of murder brought to a sad close what had seemed to be a never ending cycle of self-destruction and disruption of the lives of the entire family. The book ends on a hopeful note. The son, who agreed to this book, finally seems to understand some of his problems blames himself, rather than others, for his situation, while the father is able to move on with his life with the understanding that he did everything he could possibly do to help this troubled young man.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The author writes about the difficulties he has raising his oldest son. Carlton Stowers puts his heart and soul into this biography. As a parent, I could relate to the problems he had with his son as he reached the rebellous teenage years. I think Carlton Stowers took entirely too much blame for his son's troubles, but could understand why he did. That's what parents do. He is very candid about his whole life. It must have been very hard for him to write this book.
Carlton Stowers is a crime writer and his son is a murderer and he does an excellent job of discussing his son's problems as he grew up.
This is a heartbreaking story of the author carlton stowers Son's murder conviction
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 issues when the killer is your own son?
As a single father raising 2 sons, Carlton Stowers did his best to instill in his boys a healthy sense of right & 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, & soon became involved with a number of illicet activities, including drugs, forgery theft. After each jail stay, Anson would now to get clean and start anew. But each time, he fell into the same self-destructive trap. It became a revolving door for both father & son, until Anson, 25 yrs old and strung outon amphetamines, brutally murdered his young ex-wife.
In a brave, honest & moving work, bestselling true-crime writer Carlton Stowers examines the downhill of his eldest son - once a happy child full of promise, now a convicted murderer serving a 60yr sentence. With a reporters shrewdness & a father's heart, Stowers presents a true story of 2 lives irrevocably lost, and the one man struggling to both understand - and move beyond - the SINS OF THE SON
Carlton Stowers does it again!
I love this book...Stowers does a wonderful job writing true crime about his own son....cover is slightly worn...but in good shape