Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain

By Justin St. Germain

In the culture of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a beautiful memoir of a mother-son dating that also is the searing, unflinching account of a homicide and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s loss of life, it seems that by the hands of her 5th husband, is a passing interest. “A real-life outdated West homicide mystery,” the neighborhood television announcers intone, whereas barroom gossips snort cruelly. yet for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the road that separates his global into prior to and after.

Distancing himself from the mythical city of his adolescence, Justin makes one other existence a global away in San Francisco and achieves the entire floor successes that may have stuffed his mom with satisfaction. but years later he’s nonetheless dozing with a loaded rifle lower than his mattress. eventually, he's pulled again to the wasteland panorama of his youth on a seek to make feel of the unfathomable. What made his mom, a onetime military paratrooper, the kind of lady who could withstand any guy other than the boys she used to be in love with? What led her to maneuver from position to put, guy to guy, task to task, till eventually she chanced on herself in a determined and deteriorating state of affairs, residing on an remoted patch of desolate tract with an volatile ex-cop?

Justin’s trip takes him again to the ghost city of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who have been a continuing, occasionally threatening presence in his existence, to a harsh global at the margins filled with women and men all suffering to outline what family members ability. He comes to a decision to confront humans from his earlier and delve into the police documents in an try to make feel of his mother’s existence and demise. the entire whereas he attempts to be the kind of guy she could have sought after him to be.

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Son of a Gun: A Memoir

Within the culture of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a beautiful memoir of a mother-son dating that also is the searing, unflinching account of a homicide and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s loss of life, it seems that by the hands of her 5th husband, is a passing interest. “A real-life previous West homicide mystery,” the neighborhood television announcers intone, whereas barroom gossips chuckle cruelly. yet for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the road that separates his international into prior to and after.

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Howell worked undercover and in the shadows, but that wasn’t my style. indd 30 4/7/11 8:16:45 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine One of my first moves was to discontinue the INS agents’ meetings with Benny Ong. The intelligence had dropped off dramatically, and the meetings were a paperwork nightmare. It was not standard FBI practice to interview the principal subject of the investigation first. Had I approached Klegmeir right away, he would have only denied the allegations, and I wouldn’t have had anything to confront him with.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

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