Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • Gone Boy
  • Written by Gregory Gibson
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9781556439599
  • Our Price: $17.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Gone Boy

Buy now from Random House

  • Gone Boy
  • Written by Gregory Gibson
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9781583942864
  • Our Price: $17.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Gone Boy

Gone Boy

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

A Father's Search for the Truth in His Son's Murder

Written by Gregory GibsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gregory Gibson

eBook

List Price: $17.95

eBook

On Sale: June 21, 2011
Pages: 360 | ISBN: 978-1-58394-286-4
Published by : North Atlantic Books North Atlantic Books
Gone Boy Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Gone Boy
  • Email this page - Gone Boy
  • Print this page - Gone Boy
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
PRAISE PRAISE
Synopsis

Synopsis

On December 14, 1992, Gregory Gibson’s eighteen-year-old son Galen was murdered, shot in the doorway of his college library by a fellow student gone berserk. The killer was jailed for life, but for Gibson the tragedy was still unfolding. The morning of the shooting, he learned, college officials had intercepted but not stopped a box of ammunition addressed to the murderer. They were also anonymously warned of the intended killing but failed to call the police. After years of frustrated attempts to find peace, Gibson woke one morning to a terrible vision of his own rage and helplessness. He knew he had to do something before he destroyed himself, and he resolved to discover and document the forces that led to Galen’s death.
 
Gone Boy follows Gibson as he visits the gun seller, as well as detectives, lawyers, psychiatrists, politicians, and college bureaucrats— a cast of characters as vivid as those in a Raymond Chandler mystery. Hailed by the New York Times and others for its evocative style and courage in confronting guns, violence, and manhood in America today, this wrenching memoir speaks in the voice of a man struggling to turn grief and rage into acceptance and understanding.
Praise

Praise

“A poignant, insightful, and admirably honest chronicle of a father’s attempts to make sense—in both large and small ways—of his son’s murder.”—New York Times

“Powerful … must-reading for everyone troubled by the epidemic of shootings.”—Time

“Gibson is a fine writer whose work rivals the subtleties of Norman Mailer's best fiction.”—Boston magazine

“Complex, surprising. … This book should be seriously considered by educational professionals, as well as by violence survivors who might benefit from Gibson's singular odyssey.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gibson is one of those rare birds whose humanism is a result of his innate curiosity about people. He's not interested in demonizing anyone, and he readily admits how people confound his expectations. To his great credit, Gibson writes about everyone he meets as an irreducibly complex human being.”—Salon

“Gone Boy is not merely a book; it’s a journey you experience. You move with Gregory Gibson as he looks down the barrel of the gun that killed his son, stands face to face with the man who sold it, comes to know the killer, comes to know the killer’s parents—and comes to know himself. You will never read a more honest book, and honestly, it changed me.”—Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: