Monday, March 14, 2016
Book Review: Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain
As an adult who has turned his life around and decided not to be white trash (his words), Justin returns to Tombstone from San Francisco and tracks down old boyfriends, ex-husbands, old friends, the detective who worked the case, and others. He tries to piece together what happened with his mother and Ray and how everything went so wrong. I'm not sure anyone who wasn't there can ever fully understand something like this, but he does at least end up in a place of understanding and a sad peace.
While no where near the caliber of books this one is compared too, it is captivating and a fast read. It's hard to put down as you wonder what lead to this, what happened to Ray, and could this murder have been prevented. It wasn't heart-wrenching even though the subject matter is necessarily depressing, and the author at times felt at a remove from the events, even though it was his own mother's death he's talking about. The flashbacks were well done and the research seemed to be as thorough as possible (even if still full of gaps) but overall it was an enjoyable book, so long as you're aware of the subject matter going in.
I bought this book at The Book Rack, my local used bookstore.