Book of the Week: Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain

St. Germain was 20 years old when his mother Debbie was shot to death in 2001 by her fifth husband in a rundown trailer in the desert outside of Tombstone, Arizona — a disaster forever dividing his life into before and after. This book is his quest to understand his mother and the circumstances that lead to her death. More than a memoir of personal loss and a mother-son relationship, it is also an unflinching look at a culture of guns and violence, and an emotional account of a murder and its aftermath.