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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236345
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. This poignant memoir tells the painful story of a brutal slaying that captured national attention when it became the basis of the 2007 drama Alpha Dog. In the summer of 2000, Susan Markowitz's 15-year-old son, Nicholas, was kidnapped and murdered by a local drug dealer in revenge for his brother's debts. Nicholas's death, the ensuing trials of his killers, and the international manhunt for a fourth suspect nearly tore his family apart and sent his mother on a decade-long quest for justice and sanity. Markowitz writes with candor about her grief-induced alcoholism and suicide attempts as well as the troubles that shook her family's foundation long before Nicholas's death. Her unflinching honesty makes this a deeply powerful story that will move fans of the film and anyone grieving a loved one's death by homicide or suicide.
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"You can't put down this book, even as your heart is breaking. Susan Markowitz writes with remarkable courage." --Phyllis Gobbell, co-author of A Season of Darkness and An Unfinished Canvas

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I could not put it down once I started to read this book.
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She makes you really feel and see how ones actions can affect the outcome of so many peoples lives.
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This book is written with incredible honesty and insight.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on September 16, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a compelling account of the life and death of Nick Markowitz. Written by his mother Susan, it's also a journey through grief and redemption. It's filled with poignant memories of Nick as well as deeply personal accounts of the aftermath of the tragedy. While reading this book I felt that Susan was sitting in the room with me sharing her story. So many lessons can be taken from this book: the need for forgiveness, the power of communication, and our obligation in life to "do the right thing." I am grateful that Susan has opened her life to the reader and I know that this story will inspire so many people on so many different levels. I encourage you to take the time to get to know Nick and his family through this book and to travel with Susan through what can only be described as hell on earth. "Until you make it through, you cannot know how strong you are." - Nick's mom, Susan Markowitz
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Briana D. Howard on October 6, 2010
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I had the great pleasure of knowing Nick growing up, and the continued grace of knowing his family, (My mom is "Randi" mentioned in the book). I was just starting my freshman year of high school when Susan called us with the devastating news, and although tragic, my life has been shaped by it. In the years of self doubt and confusion in high school and never knowing where you fit in, I am proud to say that because of Nick and his family I am still to this day drug free, never caving in to peer pressure because I knew the possible consequences. I lived this tragedy first hand on a small scale, but for everyone that did not or everyone that has experienced a tragedy of their own, or you are a parent or teen... YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!! This book will help people that are lost after death find direction and hope, it will help parents struggling with a difficult teen to feel empowered and inspired to reconnect and get more involved, but I think most importantly it will help teens (anybody) think, I mean really think, about every action or non action and decision they make! Love you Susan and Jeff!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ddfss on September 29, 2010
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My Stolen Son was an amazingly heartfelt story of a mothers Deep concern and Immense love for her child. I could not put it down once I started to read this book. Reminds me of when bad things happen to good people. This story came more alive with every chapter I read, whether your child or friend has had an accident or ever been hurt it could not have been told more real! The anguish you watch this family, especially Mom go through is heartbreaking. I read this book with such speed as I felt I had to keep reading and finding out what would happen next. I will not soon forget this book as it spoke to my heart. I recommend it highly, I am better off for having read My Stolen Son. You will hold those you love more closely and also say a prayer for Nick and his courageous Mom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on October 1, 2010
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I first heard about the story of Nick Markowitz when I watched the movie "Alpha Dog." As a mother, I could not shake the feeling of "What if this had happened to my child?" That is when I began to research more into the story, and Susan's quest for justice. I have followed the story ever since, and recently got my pre-ordered copy of the book delivered to my door. I finished the book in only 5 days...and let me tell you, it is a MUST read. The lessons one can learn from this book, whether you are a teenager or parent yourself, are crucial to life, I think. the book not only lets you into Susans' world over the past ten years, but it makes you see how your choices in life have consequences...and sometimes you cannot escape them. It has taught me to spread the word of Nick's story to anyone I know -- and pass on these lessons as often as I can. The book gives a thorough in-depth account of the past ten years, as well as the process that Susan and her family has undergone since Nick's passing. A MUST read! ALWAYS SPEAK UP IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on December 27, 2010
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In August 2000, 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz disappeared from his parents' West Hills, California, home. Thinking Nick was just trying to avoid punishment for some typical teenage misbehavior, at first Jeff and Susan Markowitz weren't too overly concerned.

But as the minutes turned to hours, and the hours turned into days, they knew something was terribly wrong and they frantically searched for their son.

Jeff and Susan had no way of knowing that Nick had been abducted, beaten, and killed by lackeys of a drug-dealing thug known as Jesse James Hollywood.

Or that Nick had dearly paid for his older (half) brother's drug debts.

Three of the four of this murderous party would be captured just days after the discovery of Nick's body, but the cowardice Hollywood would elude police for almost a decade.

Susan Markowitz, along with Jenna Glatzer, shares the real story behind the 2007 movie Alpha Dog (starring Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Sharon Stone) in her book My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story.

While you'll find this book in the true crime section of your bookstore, it's much, much more than a true crime story.

Susan truly bares her soul as she tells about the events before and after Nick's murder. She painfully puts on the display the bad decisions made in post-divorce wars between Jeff and his ex-wife, their naivete in recognizing Nick's entry onto a troubled path, her thirteen suicide attempts to end her grief, and her addiction to alcohol and pills in an effort to cope.

The good, the bad, and the ugly, Susan shares it all.
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